Mets closer Jeurys Familia said he hopes he can return to the mound this season after undergoing surgery to remove an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder earlier this month.
Familia underwent surgery on May 13 to repair a blockage of the posterior circumflex humeral arteryand is expected to miss three to four months, however the 27-year-old pitcher still thinks he can pitch again this season.
"If everything goes well, I'll be back this year," Familia said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "I think I'll be back this year. I'm not sure August or September, but I feel good right now."
Familia won't begin throwing for another few weeks, though he said he will see Dr. Robert Thompson, the doctor who performed the surgery, in about two weeks to determine a throwing schedule with hopes of throwing by the end of June.
"From there, he's going to decide what I'm going to do," said Familia, who has been working on his stretching and flexibility with his right arm in the meantime, according to Braziller.
In 9 1/3 innings this season, he has three saves and a 3.86 ERA. Familia has given up five runs (four earned) and seven hits with 10 strikeouts. Four of the runs he allowed came in his last outing against the San Francisco Giants on May 10.
Familia was suspended for the first 15 games of the season under MLB's domestic violence policy for an October 2016 incident.
Entering Monday, the Mets' bullpen has the fifth-highest ERA (4.90) among all 30 MLB teams.