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Mets activate Jeurys Familia

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The Mets activated Jeurys Familia from the restricted list on Thursday amid a flurry of roster moves. The club also recalled catcher Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned relievers Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A.

Familia, 27, served a 15-game suspension stemming from his October arrest for a domestic incident at his home. Charges were dropped, but Major League Baseball does not require charges to be filed in order to punish a player accused of domestic violence.

The Mets plan to ease Familia back into relief work, but he is expected to reclaim the closer’s role before long. Addison Reed will continue closing for now, but will likely transition back into the set-up role when Familia is ready.

Last season, Familia saved an MLB-best 51 games with a 2.55 ERA and an 84/31 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings.

Tim Tebow homered in his first at-bat with Single-A St. Lucie

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Mets minor league outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was recently promoted from Single-A Columbia to advanced Single-A St. Lucie. Critics suggested that, because Tebow wasn’t exactly lighting up competition with Columbia, the promotion was just about marketing.

Tebow, to his credit, has gotten off to a good start with St. Lucie. In his first at-bat with his new team, he hit a two-run home run, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The home run came on a 3-1 count against starter Junior Fernandez of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fernandez is the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

With Columbia, Tebow was hitting a paltry .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances.

Cardinals option Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A

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The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis and infielder Alex Mejia’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.

Diaz, 26, impressed last season when he posted an .879 OPS and finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. This year has been rough on Diaz, as he’s batting .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 288 plate appearances. He’s the second major Cardinals player to get sent down to the minors along with Randal Grichuk.

Diaz was surprised by the demotion. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:

Mejia, 26, opened the season with Double-A Springfield but was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. With Springfield, he hit .251/.305/.366 in 251 PA. In 42 PA with Memphis, he hit .263/.333/.289.