A notable name was missing from Mets camp today: Jeurys Familia. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Familia was visiting Commissioner Rob Manfred in New York, as it is expected that the league’s investigation of Familia’s domestic violence incident will be resolved in the next couple of days.
Familia was arrested back on October 31 for the incident, but his case was dismissed on December 15, after his wife had previously dropped the charges. Before his arrest, Familia was a face of the domestic violence awareness campaign, #NotAFan.
Since the latest MLB domestic-violence policy was enacted in mid-2015, teammate Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman, and Hector Olivera have all served suspensions. Chapman was not arrested and served 30 games. Olivera served 81 games and did spend 10 days in jail. Reyes’s case is the most comparable as he was arrested, but not tried, and served a 51-game suspension.
The Mets have prepared their roster in such a way as to provide a buffer in the event that Familia is handed a lengthy suspension. The Mets brought back Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins this offseason to set up Addison Reed at closer during any Familia absence from the team.