Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October.
The suspension announced Wednesday was the fourth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in August 2015. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games.
Familia was arrested Oct. 31 on a simple assault charge, but prosecutors later dropped the case. Under the domestic violence policy, a player can be disciplined absent a criminal conviction.
Familia is eligible to continue to participate in all spring training activities and exhibition games and leading up to the Mets’ opener on April 3 against Atlanta, and then must sit out the team’s first 15 games. He can participate in up to six minor league games while serving the penalty.
Barring any postponements, Familia would be eligible to return April 20 at home against Philadelphia and would lose $730,328, which is 18-183rds of his $7,425,000 salary.
The Texas Rangers are unsure whether third baseman Adrian Beltre will be in their lineup or on the disabled list Monday when they open the season against Cleveland.
Beltre has been dealing with a left calf strain and has not played since Sunday. The Rangers are delaying their final roster moves until the Sunday deadline, depending on Beltre’s health.
“My mindset is to start the season playing until otherwise told something different,” Beltre said Wednesday before the Rangers and Kansas City Royals played to a 0-0 tie.
The Minnesota Twins reassigned right-handers Nick Tepesch and Alex Wimmers to minor league camp, finalizing their bullpen for the start of the regular season.
The moves mean right-handers Justin Haley and Michael Tonkin have spots on the Opening Day roster. Left-handers Glen Perkins and Ryan O’Rourke are expected to start on the disabled list.
Judge in minors?
New York Yankees prospect Aaron Judge could begin the season in the minors so he can play more.
Judge and Aaron Hicks are competing for the starting job in right field in New York.
“He needs to play, that’s the bottom line,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday about Judge. “When you look at Aaron Judge, you don’t want him to sit [on the bench].”
Judge broke into the majors last year and hit .179 with four homers and 10 RBI in 27 games. There could be enough at-bats for Judge if the Yankees go with a platoon situation in right.
“Can’t worry about that,” Judge said.