Domestic violence policy suspensions will not include spring training games

Associated Press

Over the weekend a report circulated that discipline meted out to Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman and anyone else subject to the league’s domestic violence policy would include spring training games. Which caused a bit of a stir given that, for major league players on guaranteed contracts, being forced to sit out spring training games is a reward, not a punishment. It likewise caused some to worry that, for all of baseball’s tough talk, actual penalties under the new policy may be lighter than some may like to see.

Today Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports, however, that suspensions will not include spring games. All penalties will consist of regular season games. Which is how drug suspensions and other suspensions work.

There are rumblings that the suspensions are coming soon. As we noted recently, Chapman says he will appeal any suspension he gets. Meanwhile the Rockies are not particularly eager to have Jose Reyes in camp, which will happen in two days barring any word on punishment before then.

Yankees place Nestor Cortes on 15-day injured list with left rotator cuff strain

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The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a left rotator cuff strain that will sideline the left-hander for at least two starts.

The move is retroactive to Monday and Cortes will be shut down for at least 15 days.

After Tuesday’s game, Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.

“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right,” Cortes said Tuesday. “But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit. So I waited a little bit.

“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time.”

Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.

Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.

Randy Vásquez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Cortes’ spot in the rotation and will make his second career start in Thursday’s doubleheader. Vásquez made his major league debut May 26 against San Diego when the Yankees needed a starter because Domingo Germán was serving a 10-game suspension for using sticky substances.