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Mets closer Jeurys Familia arrives in camp tight-lipped about possible suspension

By JT. Teran
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Mets closer Jeurys Familia arrived in Port St. Lucie Tuesday morning – two days after pitchers and catchers were scheduled to arrive.

A visa issue was responsible for the delay in Familia’s arrival, according to a report by the New York Daily News, so that really isn’t that big of a deal.

Questions surrounding Familia’s possible suspension by Major League Baseball, however, continue to swirl as a decision has yet to be handed down. Most expect Familia to be suspended for at least 20 or 30 games in connection to an arrest on alleged domestic violence on Halloween night, but until it’s made official, we’re all left to speculate what will happen.

Familia, on his part, is staying quiet about the case. When asked about it by reporters at camp, Familia declined to elaborate.

"“Just getting getting here together today, I’d really like to focus on baseball-related questions,” Familia’s translator said on behalf of the player. “My lawyers advise that I don’t speak about anything related to my case."

Indeed this is likely the smartest option for him as commenting on the case won’t help.

MLB is conducting their own investigation, and while Familia’s case was thrown out after the state determined the scratches found on Familia’s wife were probably caused by their youngest child and not the Mets’ closer, the league still maintains the right to suspend him if they find sufficient cause to warrant it overall.

Familia has been active this offseason, and has been staying in shape throughout the winter. He played in the Dominican Winter League, and short of a surprise, will be representing them in the World Baseball Classic this March.

"“I really enjoyed being with the teammates down there and sort of prepping and practicing down there,” Familia said as reported by NJ.com. “Since I started pitching in the Dominican, that was my goal (to be ready).”"

Familia led all of baseball with 51 saves last year, and hopes to be able to keep it going in 2017 while simultaneously shaking off the recent playoff woes that have plagued him.

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The home run that we do not speak of from last season was Familia’s last appearance, so suspension or not, he’s likely looking to get started as best as he possibly can this coming season.

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