Jose Reyes wonâ€™t be at spring training after heâ€™s placed on paid leave.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made his first decision in connection with Major League Baseballâ€™s new domestic violence policy, announcing Tuesday that Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on â€œpaid leaveâ€ until Reyesâ€™ criminal case in Hawaii is resolved.
Reyes, the former Met, is scheduled to go to trial on domestic abuse charges in Maui on April 4, according to Maui County deputy prosecuting attorney Kerry Glen. Reyes was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with â€œabuse of a family and/or household member,â€ according to a Maui Police press release.
Manfred can still discipline Reyes in the future, even if Reyes is not convicted in the criminal matter. Baseballâ€™s new domestic violence policy went into effect last August.
â€œSection III.C.2 of the Policy permits the Commissioner to impose a paid suspension pending resolution of the legal proceedings or an investigation,â€ said Manfred in his statement Tuesday. â€œUpon resolution of Reyes’ criminal proceedings and the completion of the Commissioner’s Office’s investigation into the incident, Commissioner Manfred will make a decision whether to impose discipline on Reyes.â€ According to sources, Reyes wonâ€™t be at the Rockiesâ€™ Arizona spring training site for the duration of camp.
Manfred is also weighing whether to discipline Yankee reliever Aroldis Chapman and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who were involved in separate alleged domestic violence incidents. Chapman was not charged criminally by Florida authorities, and he said he will appeal any MLB discipline.
The 32-year-old Reyes was involved in an argument with his wife, Katherine Ramirez, on Halloween at the Wailea Four Seasons resort, according to the Maui PD release. Ramirez was treated by medics at the hotel and she was â€œlater transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment,â€ the Maui PD release said. In a 911 call transcript Maui police released last year, hotel security staff reported that Ramirez had suffered injuries to her face, neck and leg.
Reyesâ€™ agent, Chris Leible, and Reyesâ€™ defense attorney, David Sereno, did not return calls for comment. Glen told the Daily News recently that no plea offer has been made by Reyesâ€™ defense team, although that scenario could still happen before the trial begins. Reyes has pleaded not guilty.
“We are closely monitoring the proceedings in Hawaii, as well as the Commissioner’s actions under the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,â€ the MLB Players Association said in a statement. â€œIf further discipline is issued, or if Mr. Reyes’ paid suspension is not resolved in a timely fashion, the Players Association will work with Mr. Reyes to ensure that all of his rights under the Policy are protected.”
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