Jeurys Familia reported to Tradition Field on Tuesday after briefly being delayed at his home in the Dominican Republic due to a visa issue.
Familia told reporters he was advised by his lawyer to not discuss his domestic violence incident.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, though MLB expects to make a decision regarding a potential suspension before Opening Day, commissioner Rob Manfred said the last week of January, according to Dave Lennon of Newsday.
Familia is expected to be suspended at least 30 games to start the season, despite having all charges dropped against him, sources told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert in December.
"I think you've got to be smart enough to realize there probably is going to be some type of penalty," Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday, when asked about Familia's status.
Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
"I don't know what it is. I have no idea yet. So I think you've got to go into this right now making sure that Addison Reed is ready to pitch the ninth inning starting the season," Collins continued. "Familia, we know he'll be back sometime. But we've got to get our bullpen in shape in case he's going to be gone for a period of time."
In 78 appearances for the Mets in 2016, Familia had a 2.55 ERA (2.39 FIP), a 1.21 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings, while saving a team-record 51 games. He will earn $7.4 million this season. He is eligible for arbitration in 2018, after which he will be a free agent.
In 80 appearances for the Mets in 2016, Reed had a 1.97 ERA and one save, while striking out 91 batters and walking just 13 in 77 2/3innings pitched.
"I take the same mindset out there no matter what inning I'm throwing,'' Reed told reporters at Tradition Field last week. "The only thing different about the ninth inning is that it is one inning later than the eighth."