Los Angeles Dodgers

Yasiel Puig Investigated by MLB for Alleged Domestic Violence Incident

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig reaches out to make a catch on a baseball during outfield drills during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Major League Baseball will not suspend Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his sister.

Adam Rubin of ESPN provided a statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's office: 

The decision does not come as a surprise, as on March 1, ESPN's Pedro Gomez reported no suspension was expected to come for Puig. 

Last November, Puig was allegedly involved in a fight with a bouncer at a Miami nightclub. The Associated Press (via USA Today) reported Puig was having an argument with his sister prior to the altercation with the bouncer. Both the bouncer and Puig declined to press charges.

Gomez's report came on the same day MLB announced it suspended New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games after an alleged incident with his girlfriend in October. The league also placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on administrative paid leave while his domestic-abuse trial is ongoing.

The joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child-abuse policy between MLB and the MLB Players Association allows Manfred to act somewhat unilaterally when it comes to player discipline. Under the terms of the policy, the commissioner isn't beholden to a minimum or maximum length for a punishment, and criminal charges aren't a prerequisite.

This spring will be somewhat important for Puig—at least as important as spring training can be for any veteran. Shaikin explained on MLB Tonight in early February how the Dodgers are committed to the Cuban star:

Puig played in just 79 games in 2015, boasting a .255/.322/.436 slash line with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in. His work at the plate was a far cry from the heights of "Puig-mania." He battled hamstring problems, which explains in part the decline.

As long as he can stay healthy in 2016, Puig should start creeping back toward his 2014 totals, when he batted .296 with 16 home runs and 69 RBI. Avoiding retrospective punishment from MLB will also help him get off on the right foot to start the regular season.

Barring an unforeseen development, Puig will be in the Dodgers' lineup when Los Angeles opens the year on the road against the San Diego Padres on April 4.

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