Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who had surgery to remove an arterial blood clot from his right shoulder, said Monday that he was scheduled to return to St. Louis in two weeks to be examined by the doctor. He hopes he will be cleared then to begin a throwing program.
“Maybe August or maybe September,” Familia said about returning this year. “I am feeling good, everything it going good. So I hope.”
Familia is currently doing conditioning work and working on stretching out his shoulder and regaining range of motion.
He had surgery in St. Louis May 12 after being diagnosed with the blood clot a day before.
In other news Monday, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson announced that Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will make one more minor-league rehab appearance before being activated off the disabled list.
“We want to get them up closer to 90 or 90-plus (pitches), and so that will happen sometime next week,” Alderson said. “Assuming that they pitch well and come out healthy, then I think we would strongly consider bringing them up and adding to the pitching staff. “
Matz, who is dealing with left elbow discomfort, pitched five perfect innings with eight strikeouts on Sunday, throwing 73 pitches followed by 10 in the bullpen for Triple-A Las Vegas. Lugo allowed three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in six innings for Double-A Binghamton.
If they stay on regular rest, the Mets could see one start as soon as June 7 in Dallas.
Tuesday night, Tyler Pill will start for the Mets. They have one other game, June 4, when they might need a spot starter.