Finally, the New York Mets received some positive injury news and it comes in the form of the captain, David Wright.
The New York Mets finally got some good injury news today. The team announced that captain David Wright has begun throwing lightly in St. Luice. Although he is only throwing lightly, it’s still progress for the team’s leader who has struggled with injuries the past three seasons.
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 2, 2017
The Mets got more good news on the injury front, as James Wagner of the New York Times tweeted that closer Jeurys Familia threw a bullpen session today. The closer has been sidelined since May after having surgery to remove a blood clot. Familia has 103 career saves, including a league leading 51 last season. He will presumably require a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the team in a late-inning role.
Jeurys Familia (blood clot) threw first 'pen today, per John Ricco. David Wright (back/shoulder) in St. Lucie throwing, hitting, fielding.
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) August 2, 2017
However, the Mets had some bad injury news, as starter Chris Flexen left last night’s game with a blister on his throwing hand. He is day to day, and will hopefully be able to make his next start. Amed Rosario collected his first MLB RBI on a triple that he was awarded after a fan interference ruling. Rosario’s hustle out of the box allowed that to become a triple rather than a double.
SNY’s MetsBlog reported that 20th overall pick David Peterson will make his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday. The southpaws calling card is that all of his pitches have good movement, which will be key moving forward, as his fastball only sits in the low-to-mid 90s.
Baseball America ranked the lefty as the Mets third-highest prospect in their midseason report, and their highest pitching prospect.
MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone reports that AJ Ramos will take over the closer’s role until Familia returns. Familia will reclaim the job upon his return, while Ramos will move into a set-up role. Ramos had 92 saves in his Marlins career. Ramos made the All-Star team for the first time last season.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets are considering picking up Asdrubal Cabrera‘s $8.5 million team option for next season. The team is very pleased with how well he has played third base since moving there. They have interest in him as a utility player next season.
Cabrera had initially demanded a trade after being moved away from shortstop, but rescinded that demand a few days later. He has looked increasingly comfortable at third base. He doesn’t have great range anymore, but his soft hands and quick reactions seem to play well at the hot corner.
In other news, ESNY’s own Nicholas Santuccio covers whether Amed Rosario will be the best shortstop of the rebirth that the MLB has seen at the position.