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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Jeurys Familia underwent surgery for bilateral sports hernias


By on 10/25/2014 06:30:00 PM

New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia had surgery Friday to repair a bilateral sports hernia reports Mike Vorkunov of The Star Ledger and NJ.com. Familia will need a few weeks to recover, but he should report to Spring Training on time in February.




The New York Mets also tweeted the news themselves:

Familia is the second Mets reliever to have this procedure performed in October. Earlier in the month, Jenrry Mejia had his own sports hernia repaired as our own Kerry Kauffman described. The Mets expect both pitchers to recover fully soon and report to Spring Training on time in February.

WebMD.com defines a sports hernia as "an injury of the inguinal [abdominal] area caused by repetitive twisting and turning at high speed," which makes sense for a Major League pitcher. Here is further description of the injury via the popular medical site:
"Although the condition is known as a hernia, in many cases an obvious hernia is not seen. The main symptom is groin pain that may reach into the genital area. The pain can linger for weeks or months. Sports medicine experts think that the condition results from overuse of groin muscles, which causes stress on the inguinal wall."
Familia 2-5 with a 2.21 ERA, five saves, and a 1.18 WHIP in 76 relief appearances totaling 77 1/3 innings in his first full season in the Majors. Both he and Mejia figure to become huge pieces of the Mets' bullpen in 2015. In fact, Mejia should start the season as the front runner for the closer's role.


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