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Mets activate Jeurys Familia


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.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.