Jeurys Familia's is expected to get only a short suspension for being accused of domestic violence last October, league sources recently told FanRag's Jon Heyman.
MLB has reportedly concluded its investigation in to the situation and likely reduced the punishment due to a lack of physical evidence in the case and because charges were eventually dropped.
In December, sources told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert that Familia would likely end up being suspended at least 30 games to start the season.
In three appearances during the World Baseball Classic, Familia has not allowed a run and struck out four batters, while throwing 2.1 innings for the Dominican Republic.
Mar 16, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Dominican Republic pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after recording the last out against Venezuela during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. The Dominican Republic won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets were reportedly upset that Familia was used on back-to-back days to protect a seven-run lead, especially since he started warming up when the game was tied.
"The only issue I had, I wanted to know how many warmup pitches he threw," Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday, when asked if he was concerned about Familia's workload in the tournament.
Familia has looked calm, happy and powerful during this entire spring, be it during bullpen sessions or Grapefruit League and WBC games. Unfortunately for the Mets, this means nothing, since the first meaningful pitch he'll likely throw in 2017 probably will not be until late May. So, the question is, how will the WBC, followed by a layoff, impact his season?
On one hand, I can see how it might hurt him, given that he's currently giving maximum effort and throwing 100 mph, but will then be forced to stop and start during his suspension.
On the other hand, it might end up helping him since he should be well-rested and fresh when stepping on the mound for the Mets in May.
Typically, he would have pitched in roughly 25 games and thrown 25 or so innings at that point in the season. This year, he will have thrown zero. And, since Terry Collins has a tendency to run his best relievers in to the ground by August, having Familia show up with a fresh arm could actually end up being a good thing for Collins.
Plus, a lot of Familia's struggles in the postseason the last two years have been directly connected to fatigue, as his arm angle dips and he gets less bite on his sinker. The less mileage he has on his arm entering September and October, the better he should be...