Mets manager Terry Collins is committed to Jeurys Familia as closer

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MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reports that Mets manager Terry Collins plans to stick with Jeurys Familia as the club’s closer when Bobby Parnell and Vic Black return from the disabled list. “If Bobby Parnell and Vic Black show up tomorrow, Jeurys Familia will still close,” Collins said.

Parnell had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April. He was reportedly throwing in the low 90’s for most of his rehab appearance with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

Black started the season on the disabled list due to shoulder tendinitis and also didn’t appear too sharp in his minor league rehab appearances. He will be undergoing an MRI on his shoulder and neck, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports.

Familia, meanwhile, picked up his sixth save in as many opportunities on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins. He carries a 2.35 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings this season.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.