ESPN’s Pedro Gomez is reporting that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig isn’t expected to be suspended for his involvement in an incident last November at a bar in Miami. Police said Puig got into a fight with the bar’s bouncer, and there were reports that Puig shoved his sister.
Gomez notes that Major League Baseball’s investigation isn’t closed and it might take some time to reach a final decision, but the league has yet to turn up any information that would justify suspending Puig. Neither the bouncer nor Puig pressed charges.
This is obviously good news for the Dodgers, who are hoping for a bounce-back season from Puig. Last season, he played in only 79 games and batted a paltry — by his standards — .255/.322/.436 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 311 plate appearances. Puig is in the fifth year of a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers.
Puig is one of three players MLB has been investigating for domestic violence incidents over the offseason. The league decided on Tuesday to suspend Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games. Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes is on paid administrative leave and will stand trial in Hawaii on April 4.
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