Familia Looks Strong in Rehab Stint with Cyclones • Latino Sports


Familia Looks Strong in Rehab Stint with Cyclones


by Daniel Rivera

Credit: Daniel Rivera

Credit: Daniel Rivera

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The walking wounded better known as the 2017 New York Mets are looking like they’re slowly on the mend.

Last Wednesday RHP Matt Harvey made his final rehab start for the Mets Class A Short Season affiliate the Brooklyn Cyclones before being assigned to the Class AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Even Captain David Wright has begun an assignment of his own swinging the bat at DH last night for Class A Port St.Lucie.

Tonight, at MCU Park all eyes were on Mets closer RHP Jeurys Familia in the fifth inning. This would kick off the first leg of his rehab assignment after coming back from surgery to remove a blood clot in his right shoulder.

In the middle of the Cyclones 3-0 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay) Familia put forth a strong showing. He dispatched the Renegades in 1-2-3 fashion and was ultra-economical economical in using just ten pitches: of which seven went for strikes.

When asked if he felt better after the outing the all-star closer simply replied, “Yes. Thanks be to God. [I’m] much better.”

For the rather small sample setting Familia put out it looks as if he is healthy, a bit bulkier and raring to come back to Flushing before the season is out. Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonso made it a point note that Familia had a firm command of each one of the pitches he used during his post-game press conference.

“He looked really good on the mound today”, the Cyclones skipper said. “What I saw today was nice and easy. Good velocity (hit 95 mph with consistency). I asked our catcher how’s his sinker? He told me it’s pretty good. It’s a good sign.”

Familia told reporters he will pitch one more game in Brooklyn tomorrow a statement Alfonso gave further confirmation of. Alfonso also elaborated that Familia was working mostly on the previously mentioned sinker and his slider. As for the possibility of Familia working on his splitter Alfonso indicated if he throws more pitches in his rehab work tomorrow scouts and viewers could expect to see it.

Familia was asked if he would be joining the Mets on the road for a weekend set against the Washington Nationals: pending a second successful outing tomorrow night.

Although he indicated the possibility would be a preferred scenario Familia was quick to tell reporters things are still on a wait-and-see basis and he felt his command was 90 to 95 percent. He did stress that finishing the season with the Mets was of the utmost importance to him.

“I feel great. I feel normal. And feel like I’m pretty close [to coming back]”, Familia told reporters during his seventh inning press conference with smile.

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