FORT LEE, Va.—Despite the dropped charges, Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia is expected to be suspended for the beginning of the season.
Familia reported to Mets management that he had been briefly delayed at his home in the Dominican Republic due to a visa issue and that he had been advised by his lawyer to not discuss his recent domestic violence incident.
According to Dave Lennon of Newsday, commissioner Rob Manfred said that MLB expects to make a decision regarding a potential suspension before Opening Day even though the investigation is still ongoing.
“There probably is going to be some type of penalty,” Terry Collins, Mets manager, said.
Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (USA Today Sports Images)
Collins anticipates making sure that pitcher Addison Reed is ready to start the season as the team’s ninth-inning reliever. “We know he [Familia] will be back sometime,” Collins said. “But we’ve got to get our bullpen in shape in case he’s going to be gone for a period of time.”
In 80 appearances for the Mets in 2016, Reed had a 1.97 ERA and one save, while striking out 91 batters and walking just 13 in 77 2/3 innings pitched.
In 78 appearances for the Mets in 2016, Familia had a 2.55 ERA (2.39 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings, while saving a team-record 51 games. He will earn $7.4 million this season and is eligible for arbitration in 2018, after which he will be a free agent.