NEW YORK -- New York Mets reliever Hansel Robles was handed a three-game suspension by Major League Baseball for throwing in the direction of Cameron Rupp's head with a quick pitch during a Sept. 30 game in Philadelphia. Robles subsequently appealed, keeping him eligible for the remainder of 2015.
So Robles opens 2016 suspended for three games, right?
Probably. But Robles' appeal has not even been heard yet. At this point, it seems likely that it will be handled during spring training.
If all three games of the suspension -- or part -- remain intact after that appeal, the Mets would be forced to open the season with 24 players on the active roster rather than the standard 25.
Similarly, Chase Utley's appeal of a two-game suspension for his late slide into Ruben Tejada in the National League Division Series has not yet been heard. Utley, unless the suspension is abandoned, will open the 2016 season serving his ban as well. Tejada suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg on the play and missed the remainder of the postseason.