LEADING OFF: Familia returns, Valdez back in majors


LEADING OFF: Familia returns, Valdez back in majors

Jeurys Familia will return Thursday from his 15-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence possibly, but there's a chance he isn't immediately reinstated as the Mets' closer.

FILE - In this February 21, 2017, file photo, New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during a spring training baseball workout in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"Rusty", Terry Collins said bluntly when asked of Familia's performance after the loss.

"Other than that, everything is great".

As far as Familia goes, the Mets have scrapped plans to use him in non-save situations this week.

Commissioner Rob Manfred did say evidence didn't show Familia physically assaulted or threatened his wife.

The 1-2 punch of Reed and Familia for the last couple innings of games is a lethal combination, and one of the best in baseball. There was no apology, some understandable anxiety - and also a lot of relief felt by the closer who claimed he can "control my emotions" after rejoining the team earlier in the day. Familia made 78 regular season appearances en route to a total of 77.2 innings of work last season. Collins summoned last season's Major League Baseball saves leader for the ninth Thursday. "I've missed these guys very much". Just hasn't been out there in a while.

Seattle police say one suspect has significant injuries and another has been taken in to custody after two police officers were shot responding to a robbery downtown. Familia led the majors a year ago with a club-record 51 saves in 56 chances. The suspension cost him $730,328 of his $7,425,000 salary.

"I'm very happy to be back with this team, to be back with my teammates". "Therefore we've had to ask our bullpen to step up a little bit more than we maybe normally would this time of year".

"I was happy to be back and get the support from the fans", Familia said. He won't get back to his usual ningh inning spot immediately, though. "I look forward to just helping my team out in any capacity, in any role, in any situation, to try and help this team ultimately win a championship".

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was diagnosed with a wrist contusion in Wednesday night's game, is available to pinch-hit.

When the Mets introduced Reyes previous year, the reaction was decidedly mixed: There were cheers for the homegrown talent but there also were hearty boos from people disillusioned by what he allegedly had done.

Added Rene Rivera: "I think that being the first time out there, he was a little bit pumped".

The right-handed pitcher has served a 15-game ban as he broke a domestic violence policy. Familia said he would be unaffected because "I know how to control my emotions".