According to an official statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Thursday afternoon, the New York Mets have activated closer Jeurys Familia from the league’s restricted list. However, the club has also elected to make three additional roster moves ahead of their series-finale against the Philadelphia Phillies slated for Thursday evening.
While recalling catcher Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets have also optioned both right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero and left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
On March, 29, Familia was notified by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he had received a 15-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. His recent stint on the sideline stemmed from an incident involving his wife that took place back in October 2016.
The 27-year-old relief pitcher was initially charged with simple assault while such charges were ultimately dropped as the case was dismissed by a New Jersey judge.
In 2016, Familia notably led the major leagues with 51 saves for the playoff-bound Mets. He also produced a 2.55 ERA alongside a nearly even 3-4 record, five blown saves and 84 strikeouts against 31 walks. Familia made 78 regular season appearances en route to a total of 77.2 innings of work last season.
Through their first 15 games of the 2017 regular season, the Mets currently own a nearly even 8-7 record while recently snapping a four-game losing streak. After defeating the aforementioned Phillies on Wednesday evening, the Mets will now look to take the series from their divisional rival with another victory on Thursday evening.