Jeurys Familia is back in New York, but he won’t be wearing a Mets jersey on the mound for his next two appearances. The closer will be making his next two rehab appearances with the Brooklyn Cyclones Tuesday and Wednesday. This will be the first time Familia pitches in back-to-back appearances in his rehab from surgery to remove a blood clot.
Familia, who began the season serving a suspension under the MLB joint domestic violence policy, pitched in just 11 games this season. He had three saves before an arterial blood clot was found in his shoulder. He had surgery in early May and is expected to be back before the end of this month.
The Mets would likely reinstate Familia during the next road trip.
Matt Harvey’s third rehab start wasn’t as smooth as his second. The right-hander, who is trying to get back from shoulder weakness, allowed two earned runs on four hits, including a home run, and a walk. He struck out three in three innings work with the Mets’ Double-A affiliate in Binghamton. Harvey threw 54 pitches, 32 for strikes. He had pitched three scoreless in his previous rehab start.
With 54 pitches, Harvey is still like a start or two away from being able to return. A Mets source said that Harvey will likely return around the first of the month.
Kevin Plawecki was back in the starting lineup Monday night, his second game since being recalled from Triple-A on Saturday. The catcher is one of the young players the Mets will spend the next six weeks evaluating as they prepare for next season. He went 1-for-2 with a walk.
Plawecki came back and hit a two-run home run Saturday.
“That was good, it gets you going right away,” said Plawecki, who has been working on quieting down his swing this season in Triple-A. “I don’t want to say it takes the pressure off, because I really can’t look at these six weeks as having to prove anything. It’s just having to do what I have been doing in Las Vegas.”
For the Mets, however, the next six weeks is a good chance to see how Plawecki has developed.
“You’re looking at his offense. You’re looking at his defense,” Collins said. “Does he control the game? Does he control the pitching staff? How he handles the pitchers? How he calls a game. Certainly again, here’s a guy who was highly touted as an offensive player, hopefully his bat is coming the way we certainly hope it is. Got a good start the other night, so that’s good.”
Many of the Mets gathered in the outfield at Citi Field Monday afternoon and using team-supplied, certified eclipse glasses, watched as the moon passed in front of the sun.
“It was cool,” reliever Jerry Blevins said. “I got to nerd out for a little bit.”
There were about 30 players, coaches and support personnel out watching the celestial event. The reaction was mixed from Blevins, who geeked out, to some who said they had expected more drama.
In New York there was only a partial eclipse, but back in his native Wyoming, Brandon Nimmo said he family got to see a total eclipse.
“I think that would have been cool,” Nimmo said. “My parents said it went dark and the stars started to come out.”
Citi Field will be a better spot for the next solar eclipse in the United State, which will happen in April 2024.
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