MLB puts Rockies' Reyes on leave pending domestic violence trial

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New York (AFP)

Major League Baseball placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid leave on Tuesday pending the outcome of his domestic violence case in Hawaii.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said baseball's domestic violence policy allows him "to impose a paid suspension pending resolution of the legal proceedings or an investigation."

After a ruling is handed down in the criminal case, Manfred will decide on MLB's disciplinary action against Reyes.

"The Commissioner's Office will have no further comment on this matter until a final disposition is announced," the statement read.

A trial is scheduled for April 4 after Reyes allegedly assaulted his wife last October at a hotel in Hawaii.

The Reyes case isn't the only domestic violence matter shadowing baseball as teams gather for Spring Training.

New York Yankees closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman, accused of choking and shoving his girlfriend at their Miami home in October, said Tuesday that he would appeal any discipline MLB hands down.

"I never hurt anybody, never in my life," Chapman, who is not facing criminal charges, told reporters at the Yankees' Spring Training facility in Florida.

Manfred said on Friday at Spring Training media day in Florida that he was "close to making a decision on the cases involving Reyes, Chapman and Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.

Puig wasn’t charged by authorities after allegedly pushing his sister in November in a bar in Miami.

But Manfred said he would be willing to suspend players even if they aren't charged.