Mets manager Terry Collins became animated on Friday when asked of the thought that his usage of Jeurys Familia led to the right-hander's shoulder surgery.
"Seriously? Seriously? With the WBC and all of the other factors, I'm the factor? OK, I'll take it", Collins said. "I'm the manager."
There is a belief in the organization that Collins' perceived misuse of Familia "might have led directly" to Familia needing surgery in May for a blood clot in his shoulder, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.
According to Puma, Collins had been warned to not utilize Familia in non-save situations or too frequently overall -- advice that Collins ignored.
The report does not note whether the perceived misuse of Familia took place this season, last season, or both.
The first four games Familia appeared in this season -- between April 20 and 27 -- were non-save situations. He also pitched three consecutive games on two separate ocassions -- with four of those six appearances being non-save situations.
The 27-year-old underwent surgery in May after suffering an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder. He returned on Aug. 26.
Familia had missed the first15 games of the season after he was suspended for violating the league's domestic violence policy.
He has a 4.56 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings (25 appearances), with five saves and one blown save this season.