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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Familia surgery, Niese will wait to throw, Strasburg push back, Puello suspension

Mets News and Notes:

Jeurys Familia, who flew to New York on Tuesday morning, will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs and other loose bodies from his pitching elbow, the team announced.

Familia had been placed on the DL on May 12 with biceps tendinitis. The surgery will be performed Wednesday.

Meanwhile,  Jonathon Niese will wait until Wednesday to throw a bullpen session at Nationals Park, which is the standard three days before his next scheduled start.

Niese missed his last turn with shoulder tendinitis. He is due to play catch today.

The Mets intend to have Niese reenter the rotation Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field, assuming he gets through Wednesday's activity OK.

Stephen Strasburg will be pushed back and not face the Mets on Thursday, the Washington Nationals announced. Gio Gonzalez, pitching on regular rest, instead will oppose Shaun Marcum in the series finale.

Strasburg was forced from his last start after two innings with a strained lat muscle.

Lastly,  Major League Baseball will move to suspend roughly 20 players linked to the Miami-area clinic ensnared in a performance-enhancing drug scandal after gaining cooperation from Biogenesis of America founder Tony Bosch, "Outside the Lines" reports.

While Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are big names identified in the report, the Mets' Double-A outfielder Cesar Puello also is a suspension candidate, the report states.

Puello, 22, entered today's play hitting .302 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 169 at-bats with the B-Mets.

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