New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia joined the Gigantes del Cibao yesterday in the Dominican Republic as he prepares to pitch in the round robin playoffs. Familia threw live batting practice which you can watch here.
The Dominican Winter League regular season ends tonight and Gigantes have already clinched a playoff spot. Familia last pitched for the Gigantes during the 2013 offseason. Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz will also be joining the team for the playoffs.
The Mets are limiting Familia to 10 innings during the winter league which he is using to prepare himself for the World Baseball Classic in March.
The simple assault charges against Familia were dropped last week, but he is still facing a possible suspension from Major League Baseball pending their own investigation.
Familia, 27, led major league baseball with 51 saves this past season which also set a new single season franchise record. He has led MLB with 154 regular season appearances over the past two seasons.