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Hansel Robles's return to the Mets delayed by traffic

The relief pitcher had been away to mourn the death of his grandfather.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Hansel Robles left the team Thursday to travel to the Dominican Republic following the death of his grandfather. He was scheduled to return to the team today, but he was  delayed by travel complications, as he encountered traffic while riding in a cab to the airport for his return flight to rejoin the team.

The Mets should be looking forward to Robles's return this week to bolster their bullpen. He has yet to allow an earned run in September, continuing what was a strong finish to the month of August. Averaging upwards of a strikeout per inning and showing increased command of his pitches, Robles has been a key cog in the bullpen this season.

Even with the acquisitions of Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed, Robles could be a big part of the bullpen moving forward. With those three pitchers handling the innings leading up to shutdown closer Jeurys Familia, the Mets' bullpen could be a strength down the stretch and—assuming they make it—in the postseason.