· The New York Mets can’t catch a break in the 2017 season. The club is doing alright record-wise but are struggling to stay healthy as a whole. Closer Jeurys Familia has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his right shoulder and is meeting with Dr. Robert Thompson to go over his options per a club announcement. It is sounding like surgery is a legitimate option at the moment for Familia. After serving a 15-game suspension for being involved in a domestic dispute in the offseason, the Mets were hoping he’d come back and keep the similar form that led him to rack up an MLB-leading 51 saves in 2016. His velocity was there but his control was unusually erratic leading to a higher walk rate than he normally posts. The blood clot appears to be the reason why he has lost the command and polish he has normally held over the past several seasons. If surgery is the path he decides to take, it appears that right-hander Addison Reed will take over the closing duties. He was doing pretty well filling in for Familia during his suspension so the Mets may be in good hands using Reed as he seems to be a pretty reliable option. Nevertheless, losing Familia for an extended period of time is a huge blow to the bullpen. Familia is without question the best reliever in the Mets bullpen and it will hurt them tremendously by putting a lot of pressure on other relievers and could lead to some unfavorable results over the course of the season. All the Mets can do right now is wait to see what Familia decides to do right now because a blood clot is a serious problem for any player to have.
News and Notes
· The Philadelphia Phillies have extended the contract of skipper Pete Mackanin per a team announcement. The contract runs through 2018 with a club option for the 2019 season. The Phillies originally had a deal with Mackanin to run his contract through the 2017 season with a club option for the 2018 season so they’ve essentially added an extra year of control to his contract. The Phillies clearly like the job he has done with the roster given the upheaval the team has gone through the past few seasons as they believe Mackinin will be able to lead the team back to its standing as one of the top teams in the National League once their young talent fully develops.