Mets closer Jeurys Familia will be suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season. The suspension came after a meeting with commissioner Rob Manfred earlier this week. Familia was arrested on Oct. 31 after police found a bruise on his wife’s cheek that was allegedly caused by the All-Star.
The charges were dropped in December after his wife said she did not feel that she was threatened during the incident. “With all that has been written and discussed regarding this matter, it is important that it be known that I never physically touched, harmed or threatened my wife that evening,” Familia said in a statement issued Wednesday. “I did, however, act in an unacceptable manner and am terribly disappointed in myself. I am alone to blame for the problems of that evening.”
Familia has already completed 12 sessions of 90-minute counseling and will also travel and speak with a domestic violence group.
The MLB released a report that said, “there was evidence that determined physical assault, force, or harm.” This statement shows why Familia got 15 games opposed to a harsher 30 games fellow closer Aroldis Chapman got for his case last year, when a gun was involved.
With Familia missing over the first two weeks of the season, Addison Reed is expected to close for the Mets in the meantime .