Mets manager Mickey Callaway told the world that RHP Jeurys Familia hit the IL on Wednesday with what was revealed to be a Bennett lesion, or bone spur, in his throwing shoulder. Familia received an injection today to relieve the pain, and the team will take things day-to-day.
So how long should the team expect Familia to be out? SNY's Andy Martino went on "Loud Mouths" to give his tip on the matter.
"I don't think he's going to be out very long," Martino said. "The word from the Mets and people who are familiar with this injury is that it will hopefully be around that 10-day absence. You never know with a shoulder, but 10 days is about what they're looking at right now."
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen had an impromptu media scrum before the game against the Reds, where he said he isn't that concerned about the injury.
"Don't have real long-term concern," he said. "I mean, every time you put a player on the IL you have to hold your breath to a degree. But I think the report we got from the doctors today gives us every bit of confidence that this shouldn't be a long-term issue."
Van Wagenen went on to say that this isn't the first time Familia has dealt with this type of injury. Last year, Familia came to the Mets with the same problem.
"It's something that he experienced last year, so when he felt that today, he brought it to our attention," Van Wagenen explained. "We obviously got him to Dr. [David] Altchek and they went through a similar protocol."
This announcement of the injury comes one day after Familia blew his save opportunity last night, allowing two runs in the top of the ninth. The Mets would go on to win to let him off the hook, but Familia has been struggling early on this season with a 6.28 ERA over 14.1 innings out of the bullpen. The shoulder injury could be the reason why he has struggled, but Van Wagenen noted he just came to the team today about feeling pain.
With Familia struggling and now on the IL, the intrigue of adding free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel to the bullpen becomes a hotter topic. But Martino doesn't believe the team will be making any big move to fill Familia's absence considering he should only be out for a little while.
"They're having continued dialogue with Craig Kimbrel," Martino said. "This is a guy that a lot of people in the organization sees a fit more than Dallas Keuchel. Is it likely they sign him? I wouldn't say likely, but they're one of the teams talking to him."