WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jeurys Familia’s smooth spring took a step back Thursday, when he gave up five runs in 1 ¹/₃ innings in an 8-5 loss to the Nationals at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
The right-hander also said his shoulder felt “tight” but insisted that’s something he deals with at this point every spring.
“It’s normal in spring training,” Familia said of the discomfort. “I have to get used to throwing every day. I’ll be OK. I don’t think it’s a problem. Every year I deal with this stuff — most of the time. It takes me a while to get ready.”
Familia said not throwing a ball every day in the offseason is one of the causes. He missed time last season after having a blood clot removed from his shoulder but repeatedly called the tightness he felt Thursday “normal.”
Familia hadn’t given up a run in four spring appearances as he worked with pitching coach Dave Eiland on a new delivery. That changed thanks to a Trea Turner run-scoring double, an RBI double by Bryce Harper and a two-run homer to right by Matt Adams.
“I don’t care about runs or a bad outing,” Familia said. “I’m just getting ready for when the games count. … For me, as a pitcher, it’s normal.”
That was good enough for manager Mickey Callaway — at least for now.
“It sounds like something that happens every spring, just getting his body going,” Callaway said. “He’s a big-bodied guy.”
Callaway noted Familia also didn’t have great command in the outing but was confident it was just a rough day.
“I’m sure he’s frustrated after today, but he’ll get to where he needs to be,” Callaway said.