MILWAUKEE - Nearly a week after injuring his left groin in a game, Mets closer Jeurys Familia showed no ill effects in his return, shutting the door in Thursday's much-needed 2-0 win over the Brewers.
"When I was warming up in the bullpen, I was just thinking in my mind how I'm going to feel," he said. "I knew I didn't feel anything. I was a little scared. But when I threw the first couple of pitches, it was gone."
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Familia said he was ready to pitch as soon as Tuesday, though the Mets' struggles left him without a chance until Thursday. He pitched a perfect ninth to further add to his chances of making the National League All-Star team.
Changes to infield?
The Mets (37-37) returned to the break-even mark just in time for a homestand that could bring a few changes. Within the organization, the Mets' turbulent week has stirred up talk of making adjustments, including the possibility of moving shortstop Wilmer Flores to second base upon the return of infielder Daniel Murphy. "It's going to be something that's going to be in the discussion," Terry Collins said.
The move could strengthen the Mets' infield defense by moving Ruben Tejada back to shortstop while keeping Flores' bat in the lineup.
The Mets also appear primed to again adopt a six-man rotation with the promotion of Steven Matz. But according to sources, they are not engaged in any trade discussions despite a roster that has been stretched thin by injuries.
Former Mets first-round picks Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo were selected to play in the Futures Game during All-Star Weekend in Cincinnati.