New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman reportedly has been suspended for 30 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
Billy Witz of the New York Times reported the news and said there will be not be an appeal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported "Chapman cooperated with [the investigation]" and "acknowledged conduct that violated policy."
His teammate, Alex Rodriguez, spoke to reporters about the advice he would give Chapman, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:
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In October, Chapman's girlfriend, Christina Barnea, claimed the pitcher choked and shoved her after a dispute over something Barnea had discovered on Chapman's phone. Authorities also verified that Chapman had discharged a shotgun eight times in his garage after the dispute.
Barnea later recanted her claims of assault, however, and Chapman wasn't charged with a crime for the incident.
The closer, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in December for minor leaguers Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda, is expected to lock down the back end of a solid Yankees bullpen that also includes Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.
Chapman, who regularly hits 100 mph on his fastball, finished the 2015 season 4-4 with a 1.63 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 33 saves and 116 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched. His addition could give the Yankees one of the best bullpens in all of baseball, with Betances, Miller and Chapman locking down the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.