The Mets will be without their prolific closer for the first two weeks of the regular season.

Jeurys Familia received a 15 game suspension from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred this week, stemming from his arrest on an assault charge from what was reported as a domestic incident in October of the last year. Those charges were later dropped by police.

Normally, domestic assault or abuse situations would carry a stiffer penalty, but in announcing his decision, Manfred noted the league conducted its own investigation and it (via Mets.com)

"does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm. … Nevertheless, I have concluded that Mr. Familia's overall conduct that night was inappropriate, violated the policy, and warrants discipline."

Meanwhile, also from the same story at Mets.com, Familia issued the following statement:

"My wife and I cooperated fully with Major League Baseball's investigation, and I've taken meaningful steps to assure that nothing like this will ever happen again. I have learned from this experience, and have grown as a husband, a father, and a man. I apologize to the Mets' organization, my teammates, and all my fans. I look forward to rejoining the Mets and being part of another World Series run. Out of respect for my teammates and my family, I will have no further comment."

Additionally, it's been reported that Familia has undergone a dozen counseling sessions with an expert in domestic violence, and the star closer has agreed to share his experience with other players.

Familia, 27, has converted 94 of 104 save opportunities in the past two seasons. In his absence, expect hard throwing setup man Addison Reed to close games for the Mets.

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