New York Mets: More Bad News as Closer Jeurys Familia Diagnosed With Blot Clot
May 10, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing four runs in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been diagnosed with a blot clot in his throwing shoulder.

The New York Mets’ nightmare season of injuries and insanity continued on Thursday when it was learned that closer Jeurys Familia was diagnosed with an arterial clot in his right shoulder.

The clot was discovered by the medical team at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Familia will see Dr. Robert Thompson tomorrow in St. Louis for further tests and possible surgery. The team had no further comment. Mets GM Sandy Alderson will hold a pregame presser tomorrow in Milwaukee.

According to the Mets’ official website, Thompson is the surgeon who performed Matt Harvey’s operation last year to address thoracic outlet syndrome.

Familia, who was suspended for the first 15 games of the season for violating the commissioner’s policy on domestic violence, has just three saves this season with a 3.86 ERA in 11 appearances. Familia led the National League with 51 saves in 2016.

The news comes one day after Familia pitched erratically in the Mets’ deflating 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon. He blew his first save of the year, allowing four runs (three of them earned) on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning of work.

This might be the worst news the Mets could hear at the moment. It comes on the heels of a slew of injuries to their pitching staff and the mini-suspension of Matt Harvey.

Addison Reed, the club’s set-up man, handled the closing duties during Familia’s suspension in April. It is assumed he will revert to that role should Familia miss time again.




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