Mets closer Jeurys Familia pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic violence in a New Jersey court today.
Familia was arrested in late October at his home on charges that he caused “bodily injury to another.” Police found a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of his accuser, whose name has not been revealed. His next hearing is in December.
Major League Baseball said it is monitoring his case and will not likely do anything as far as discipline goes until the case progresses further. Baring complete exoneration and/or the quick dropping of charges, Familia is likely facing a suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy once the 2017 season begins.