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Hansel Robles suspended for first two games of regular season

The 25-year-old had his suspension reduced by one game by MLB for his pitch near the head of Cameron Rupp last October.

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Mets reliever Hansel Robles has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball to be suspended for the first two games of the regular season, reports Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Robles was originally handed a three-game suspension by MLB last season for throwing near the head of the Phillies' Cameron Rupp during the sixth inning of an eventual 7-5 Mets win on October 2.

The hard-throwing right-hander appealed the suspension and finished the regular season with a 4-3 record, 3.67 ERA, and 61 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. In two postseason appearances, Robles struck out four batters over three perfect innings in the NLDS and World Series.

Once his two-game suspension is over, Robles, 25, figures to be a key part of the Mets bullpen this season while pitching in middle relief. The Mets will be without Robles for the first two games of the regular season, when they travel to Kansas City to face the Royals for a two-game series.