Jeurys Familia to have surgery to remove bone spurs

Jeurys Familia will have surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies in his right elbow, the Mets announced.

The 23-year-old Familia had one save and a 3.48 ERA — four earned runs over 10 1/3 innings — in eight games with the Mets this year. His last appearance came on May 8.

There is no timetable for his return.


Will CarrollWill Carroll, Injury Expert:

Spurs are a very common issue. Several pitchers, such as Johan Santana and CC Sabathia, have come back from this and returned to level. It does suggest that there’s something not right with his delivery, but the rehab is as good a time as any to make minor mechanical changes.

The major concern is that the spurs don’t compromise the motion. In some pitchers, such as A.J. Burnett and Joe Nathan, the spurs actually help protect the UCL and removing them can be problematic. I’m sure the Mets know this history and issue.

In most cases, a pitcher can be back in six to eight weeks. Position players are quicker, with Rich Aurelia still the record holder, returning to play just 15 days post surgery.


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