The New York Mets are having an up and down type of year, and the only up has been the pitching prowess of Matt Harvey, who has taken baseball by storm. However, the Mets seem to be moving into more of a younger direction, and with Zack Wheeler headed to the majors in June it is only fitting that the Mets’ other young pitcher comes back as well.
Jeurys Familia was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 12 due to biceps tendonitis, but he is on the verge of coming back to the Mets soon. Familia is scheduled to pitch in a rehab assignment at Single-A St. Lucie Saturday and work his way back to the Mets roster by next week. He is also going to pitch in Triple-A Las Vegas.
Before getting hurt, Familia pitched in eight games for the Mets, and in those eight games he posted a 3.48 ERA in 10 1/3 innings striking out seven batters and walking seven. He only pitched in eight games last season, and the 23-year-old is doing much better. Before the injury it looked like he was finally settling down and getting his groove back.
New York is going to need him to hold down the fort as the summer months approach and the team tries to make an effort in the National League. Familia is a big part of the bullpen and the future of the organization. Players like Scott Rice and Greg Burke are good, but having Familia in the bullpen adds some insurance.