Mets closer Familia has clot in shoulder, surgery possible

Posted at 4:58 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 16:58:48-04

NEW YORK — Mets closer Jeurys Familia has an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder that might require surgery.

The Mets say in a statement Thursday that the 27-year-old right-hander will be examined by Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Friday. Thompson treated starter Matt Harvey last year when he had thoracic outlet syndrome.

The diagnosis was revealed a day after Familia gave up four runs while getting just one out in the ninth inning of a loss to San Francisco. He was pitching for a third straight day.

In 2012, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee had surgery to remove a blood clot from his arm and missed the rest of the season.

Familia had made just 11 appearances this year after serving a 15-game suspension to start the season for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.