Familia (shoulder) could be available for this weekend's upcoming series against Washington, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Familia will make appearances for Low-A Brooklyn on Tuesday and Wednesday. Assuming those go well, Familia may make an appearance or two for a higher-level affiliate, but he shouldn't need more than three or four total rehab appearances before making his return. Barring an aggravation during his minor league appearances, Familia should be back by Sunday at the latest.
Familia (shoulder) is scheduled to make appearances for Low-A Brooklyn on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Familia has already appeared in a pair of games for High-A St. Lucie, registering four strikeouts over two scoreless innings of relief. He's set to pitch on back-to-back days for the first time since landing on the disabled list, and he should be back with the Mets not too long after if everything goes well. The 27-year-old likely won't be inserted back into high-leverage situations immediately upon his return, but he should eventually reclaim the closer role if he's able to pitch well following his activation.
Familia (shoulder) may not be inserted back into high-leverage situations right away once he's activated from the DL, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The right-hander will take the mound for his second rehab appearance this weekend and is still a week or two away from rejoining the Mets bullpen, but the team doesn't want Familia to overexert himself upon his return in what will be meaningless games for the team. "He'll get back in there. I don't know where it will be, if it's going to be the ninth inning right out of the gate," manager Terry Collins said Friday. "But I think the most important thing we're going to need to see is after the rehab that the health's good...We're not worried about [him proving himself in] pressure situations. This guy's pitched in the biggest ones there is. As long as he leaves this year knowing that he's healthy, that's going to be a big step." Fantasy GMs counting on Familia for a saves boost in September may end up being disappointed, but if he looks good after his activation, he should reclaim the closer role sooner rather than later.
Familia (shoulder) will make his next rehab appearance Saturday for High-A St. Lucie, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Following Saturday's outing, Familia will travel to short-season Brooklyn for the next step of his rehab, barring any setbacks in the coming days. The reliever was able to make an appearance with St. Lucie on Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning while striking out one. Familia appears to still be on pace for a return to the big-league club before the end of August.
Familia (shoulder) will make his next rehab appearance Wednesday with High-A St. Lucie, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. He made an appearance in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday, and will quickly move up the ranks. It's possible that if he continues to progress at a solid clip, Familia could be back pitching in high-leverage situations for the Mets before the end of the month. However, it is unclear if he will immediately step back into the closer's role or if AJ Ramos will hold onto that gig.
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