Jeurys Familia is back to the New York Mets lineup but he won’t be the team's closer until he is fully ready to assume the role, explained in a recent report Newsday's Marc Carig.
The Dominican reliever has served a 15-game suspension after being arrested at the end of 2016 for an alleged attack on his wife, Bianca Rivas, a report covered by ESPN. The pitcher allegedly scratched his wife on her chest and caused her a bruise on her right cheek, but the charges she placed on Familia were taken back, an action that wasn’t enough to save the pitcher from his corresponding sanction.
The Mets’ closer pitcher gave a couple of showings that were pretty close to perfection in the minor leagues, before joining Terry Collins’ bullpen on Thursday. He won’t get back to his usual ningh inning spot immediately, though. The New York manager told MLB.com that the reliever will make a couple of appearances as a setup before exchanging roles with Addison Reed, the Mets’ current closer in the beginning of the season.
In order to get Familia back into the side, the Mets placed David Wright in the 60-day DL to free up one spot in the 40-man roster. The third baseman suffered an injury in his right shoulder that will keep him out for some time. To add to that, Sean Gilmartin and Rafael Montero were sent down to the minors as Kevin Plawecki was added to the big league roster.
This last move was completely precautionary, as the Mets’ catcher Travis D’Arnaud suffered a concussion in his right wrist, after taking a hit during Wednesday’s match and with his condition is listed day by day. The same happened with Yoenis Céspedes, who is reportedly to go to an MRI this friday, as he maybe has a undisclosed injury on his leg.