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Mets: League sources expect short suspension for Jeurys Familia

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Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) fields ground balls during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) fields ground balls during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets closer’s punishment most likely won’t be handed down until after World Baseball Classic

The Jeurys Familia situation may be gaining a little more clarity . Jon Heyman wrote Thursday that according to league sources, Familia will receive “a short suspension” for the alleged spousal abuse case that has been investigated by Major League Baseball.

Familia is currently participating in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic so it’s likely we won’t hear an announcement until after the tournament. Familia was arrested in late October 2016 on domestic violence charges. The charges were subsequently dropped in mid-December.

We’ve known for a while this was coming. MLB is not sympathetic to any domestic violence cases as well they shouldn’t. Jose Reyes and Aroldis Chapman are two examples of players punished by Commissioner Rob Manfred. What’s left in question is how long of a suspension Familia will serve.

The Mets will be prepared to move forward with Addison Reed as the closer until Familia returns. That probably Hansel Robles as the main set-up man. That role could wind becoming more situational with Jerry Blevins in the mix. Reed has struggled this spring, allowing 12 hits and nine runs in 6.0 innings of work for an ERA of 13.50. However, Reed has served as a closer before during his time with the White Sox and Diamondbacks.

Robles becomes the more interesting case once this suspension is dished out. He will get a chance to pitch in even higher leverage situations. Michelle Ioannou believes Robles could surprise this year. Between Spring Training and the WBC, Robles has given up one run in 7.2 innings and has a 9-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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The Mets on paper are equipped well enough to handle the impending suspension. However, there is the factor of stepping into a larger role and how that can impact a player. I suspect that the Mets pen should be fine for the most part as it takes shape a couple of weeks away from the season opener against Atlanta.

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