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New York Mets' pitcher slammed with 15-game domestic violence ban

By Alex Butler
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New York Mets' pitcher slammed with 15-game domestic violence ban
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) kisses his hat as he walks off the field after the Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 2-0 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on May 25, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

March 29 (UPI) -- A relief pitcher from the New York Mets will answer for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

According to the New York Times, Jeurys Familia will receive a 15-game suspension for his actions. The 27-year-old right-handed reliever could be eligible to return to the Mets by April 20. Addison Reed is expected to fill in as the team's closer.

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Familia traveled to New York this week to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about the matter. The Times' Billy Witz reported Monday that he was "almost certain" the suspension would be less than the 30 games New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman received last season.

The Mets arm was arrested in November on domestic violence abuse charges in New Jersey. Police responded to a call, finding Familia's wife with a scratch and bruise on her body. The charge was later dismissed due to a lack of evidence, according to the Times. Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, has denied he caused the injuries.

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MLB.com reported earlier this month that no suspension ruling "was imminent" for the pitcher.

Familia returned to Mets camp on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He is due $7.4 million this season and is arbitration eligible in 2018, before hitting free agency in 2019.

The 2016 All-Star has led baseball in games finished in each of the last two seasons. Last year he also had a league-best 51 saves.

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