Jose Reyes Placed on Administrative Leave: Latest Details, Comments

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Major League Baseball has placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on administrative paid leave until the completion of his legal proceedings.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement on Feb. 23, per MLB Communications. Shortly after, the MLB Players Association issued a statement in regard to the situation:    

Reyes was put on leave to handle the criminal proceedings stemming from his alleged domestic violence incident in Hawaii at the end of October.

MLB cited a section of the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy that allows the commissioner to suspend a player with pay until a case is resolved. Depending on the result of the case, the commissioner could then hand down further discipline if he deems it necessary.

On Tuesday, Manfred reaffirmed that a decision on Reyes' status will be made after the legal process is completed, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.

According to Chelsea Davis of Hawaii News Now, Reyes' wife, Katherine, told authorities he "grabbed her off the bed and shoved her" at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Citing sources, Davis reported "she also told police that he grabbed her throat and shoved her into the sliding glass balcony door." Reyes pleaded not guilty Nov. 24 to a domestic abuse charge.

Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, addressed both Reyes and New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who was also the subject of a domestic violence investigation, back in December:

Christian Red of the New York Daily News reported Jan. 14 that Reyes' trial is set to begin in Maui County, Hawaii, on April 4, when the Rockies open the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The judge could potentially move up the trial date.

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