Major League Baseball has suspended closer Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets for 15 games without pay. Familia was arrested for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against his wife.
Due to the rules of his suspension, Familia must attend a domestic violence group in New York and appear in United States and Dominican Republic rookie programs.
Familia, 27, has been lights out as the Mets' closer since he made his debut in the majors in 2012. Familia has appeared in only one all star game, even though he has a 2.46 ERA and 100 career saves, which all have been in a Mets' uniform.
Last season, Familia once again regained his dominance. He had a 2.55 ERA, a league-leading 51 saves, and 84 strike outs in 77.2 innings.
With Familia out only 15 games, the Mets are likely to go closer-by-commitee.
The Mets open the season Monday, home against the Braves.