According to a Sunday morning report from Anthony DiComo of, the New York Mets will welcome back suspended closer Jeurys Familia on Thursday. However, the prolific relief pitcher may not immediately return to his role in the ninth inning upon joining his Mets teammates next week.

The aforementioned DiComo makes a point to note that Mets’ manager Terry Collins is considering “an outing or two earlier in games to re-acclimate” Familia as he has yet to make an appearance at the big league level in 2017.

The 27-year-old right-hander will miss the Mets first 15 games of the 2017 regular season before eventually returning after previously receiving a suspension from Major League Baseball that stemmed from a domestic violence incident from October 2016. Familia was officially suspended for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.