Mets closer Jeurys Familia will begin throwing a baseball soon as he works his way back from surgery for a blood clot near his right armpit, manager Terry Collins told reporters on Friday.
Familia had an arterial clot removed by Dr. Robert Thompson on May 13 in St. Louis. The Mets placed him on the 60-day DL three days later.
After the surgery, Familia said, "If everything goes well, I'll be back this year. I think I'll be back this year. I'm not sure August or September, but I feel good now."
The 27-year-old has been limited to conditioning exercises during his rehab at Port St. Lucie so far.
With Familia out, Addison Reed has been serving as closer.