JUPITER, Fla. — Jeurys Familia’s punishment for violating baseball’s policy on domestic violence is expected to be announced this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, according to an industry source. Familia, the Mets’ All-Star closer, left camp for a meeting in New York on Monday with commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Mets already have planned for the absence of Familia, who set a franchise record last season with 51 saves, the most in the big leagues. Setup man Addison Reed is slated to step into the closer’s role. They have little more than precedent, however, as a guide to how long Familia could be suspended.
Mets third baseman Jose Reyes, then with the Rockies, received a 52-game suspension last season for violating the same policy. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman served a 30- game suspension.
Familia, 27, was arrested at his home in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on Oct. 31, though his wife later dropped charges.
Earlier in camp, leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes declared that winning National League MVP honors was one of his goals entering the season. But he clarified those remarks on Monday, insisting that the individual honor takes a backseat to the team’s goal.
“What I go out there in mind with is helping the team win,” Cespedes said through a translator. “The team comes first. I like to prepare and will continue to prepare as if that’s one of my goals. But the team comes first, then that would come. And if that happens, great. If not, then so be it.”
Juan Lagares underwent an MRI exam on Monday, but the Mets were not yet aware of the results. Lagares strained his left oblique on Saturday, leaving his status for Opening Day up in the air . . . Tim Tebow went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, including two on seven pitches total against Nationals ace Max Scherzer . . . Outfielder Brandon Nimmo has progressed in his running program after a pulling his right hamstring during the World Baseball Classic. He had been considered for the big-league roster until the injury.
With David Lennon