Fa­milia sus­pended 15 games

Mets All-Star closer vi­o­lated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pol­icy.

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New York Mets All-Star re­liever Jeurys Fa­milia ac­cepted a 15-game sus­pen­sion un­der MLB’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pol­icy, dis­ci­pline stem­ming from an al­ter­ca­tion in Oc­to­ber.

The sus­pen­sion an­nounced Wed­nes­day was the fourth and least se­vere un­der the pol­icy, which was agreed to in Au­gust 2015. 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 lead­ing up to the Mets’ opener Mon­day against At­lanta but must sit out the team’s first 15 games. He can par­tic­i­pate in up to six mi­nor league games.

Bar­ring any post­pone­ments, Fa­milia would be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn April 20 against Philadel­phia and would lose $730,328 of his $7.425 mil­lion salary.

“The ev­i­dence re­viewed by my of­fice does not sup­port a de­ter­mi­na­tion that Mr. Fa­milia phys­i­cally as­saulted his wife, or threat­ened her or oth­ers with phys­i­cal force or harm,” Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred said. “Nev­er­the­less, I have con­cluded that Mr. Fa­milia’s over­all con­duct that night was inap­pro­pri­ate, vi­o­lated the pol­icy and war­rants dis­ci­pline.”

Fa­milia set a Mets record with 51 saves last sea­son.

Gre­gory Polanco, pro­jected to be the start­ing left fielder, will not travel with the team when it heads north for two ex­hi­bi­tion games in Montreal. Polanco started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing left shoul­der dis­com­fort af­ter his spring ap­pear­ance March 23 and has not played since. How­ever, Polanco did hit .579 in five games with the Do­mini­can Repub­lic team in the World Baseball Clas­sic.

Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina is en­ter­ing the fi­nal sea­son of a five-year, $75 mil­lion ex­ten­sion he signed in 2012. There is a mu­tual op­tion for 2018, but the team knows

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Molina, 34, is likely to walk and be­come a free agent if he has a sea­son sim­i­lar to 2016. There have been talks this spring about an ex­ten­sion. “We un­der­stand there is a dead­line,” GM John Mozeliak said. “I think ev­ery­one is go­ing to roll up their sleeves and con­tinue to work at it.”

Ace Corey Klu­ber was far from sharp in his fi­nal spring train­ing out­ing Tues­day. The right-han­der al­lowed five runs on six hits, in­clud­ing three homers in a 13-12 loss to the Brew­ers. Klu­ber had six strike­outs and two walks in five in­nings. “Right on track where I need to be,” said Klu­ber, who went 18-9 last sea­son. “Just left a cou­ple of balls el­e­vated. Do that out here and they put a good swing on it, that’s what’s go­ing to hap­pen.” The next time Klu­ber gets the ball is Mon­day, when the AL cham­pi­ons start the reg­u­lar sea­son at Texas.

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Ace Felix Her­nan­dez can’t wait for Mon­day’s sea­son opener at Houston. It will be the righthander’s 10th open­ing-day start. “It’s still spe­cial,” he said Tues­day from spring train­ing in Peo­ria, Ariz. “I’m ready to go. I need to get out of here. My al­ler­gies are killing me in Ari­zona.” Tues­day’s Games

Artemi Pa­narin and Richard Panik started a four-goal first pe­riod for Chicago, and the Black­hawks moved closer to lock­ing up the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion ti­tle. Mar­cus Kruger and Mar­ian Hossa also scored in the first pe­riod as the Black­hawks moved nine points clear of sec­ond-place Min­nesota. Pa­trick Kane had two as­sists to move past Sid­ney Crosby and into sec­ond in the NHL scor­ing race. Chicago beat the Pen­guins in reg­u­la­tion on the road for the first time since 1997.

Los An­ge­les’ Jarome Iginla scored his 100th game-win­ning goal and got an as­sist in a win over his for­mer team.

Mar­cus Jo­hans­son and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and an as­sist for Wash­ing­ton. Late

Tues­day’s 4-1 loss to Carolina ended the third­longest play­off run in NHL his­tory. It ended an era that be­gan in 1991 and lasted 25 sea­sons.“I think ev­ery­one in Detroit should be proud of it,”said for­mer cap­tain Steve Yz­er­man. Detroit won the Stan­ley Cup four times since last miss­ing the play­offs in 1990.

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Al­though Jeurys Fa­milia was ar­rested and later had charges dropped, MLB said the re­liever’s “over­all con­duct that night was inap­pro­pri­ate.”

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