Mets closer Jeurys Familia‘s offseason mistakes are following him to Spring Training.
Jeurys Familia has missed a second consecutive day of workouts with the team due to a personal matter. This personal matter is directly related to MLB’s investigation of Familia and his late October arrest last year, a source told The New York Post.
The team’s official excuse about Familia’s absence on Friday was purposely vague, saying simply it was to address a personal matter.
Manager Terry Collins expected Familia to be back in camp on Saturday, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case, as the closer was again not seen at workouts then.
The fact that he’s missing a second day could mean Major League Baseball is getting closer to a decision about the Mets’ righty.
This investigation has been ongoing since Familia’s arrest on October 31st after his wife called the police. The charges would be dropped, and the arrest would be scrubbed after the state attorney determined the scratches on Familia’s wife were probably caused by their young child. This prompted Familia’s family attorney to say he was hopeful a suspension could be avoided.
Major League Baseball has been frustrated about how slowly the investigation has been up until this point, so it makes sense that once Familia arrived in Mets camp, it was time to ramp it up.
MLB could very easily suspend Familia simply for being overly intoxicated and being part of a controversy with this arrest. Even if the case isn’t as similar as Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman or Mets’ infielder Jose Reyes, MLB could take some type of action before the year starts. We’ll have to keep waiting for now, but hopefully we’ll know soon enough.