Jeurys Familia will now pitch in relief this winter

Terry Collins told reporters that the team has spoken with Jeurys Familia, and told him he is to pitch in the bullpen in the Dominican Winter League.

Yesterday, Collins said his team wanted Familia in the rotation, and the team agreed to have him pitch in that role at the time.

Originally, Familia was slated to pitch in relief this winter before his Winter League team asked him to start.

Yesterday, Collins told Mike Francesa on WFAN he likes Familia in a relief role because he goes right after hitters.

Familia pitched to an 8.64 ERA in 8 1/3 innings over seven relief appearances in September, although five of the seven earned runs he allowed came in 2/3 of an inning last week against the Phillies.