Astros minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez was arrested on August 4 and placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on suspicion of domestic violence, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Security footage showed Vasquez pulling his girlfriend by the arm and striking her twice at Whataburger Field where the Corpus Christi Hooks — the Astros’ Double-A affiliate — play. He then had a “heated confrontation” with an employee of the Hooks who had seen the confrontation.
The Astros released a statement on Tuesday afternoon:
The Astros are aware of the incident involving minor league player Danry Vasquez and are in full cooperation with the Corpus Christi Police Department. Vasquez was immediately placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball pending completion of both their investigation and the criminal investigation. The Houston Astros and all of our affiliates, including the Corpus Christi Hooks, are governed by and strongly support MLB’s domestic violence policy. We take this allegation very seriously, and have taken swift response as we do not condone violence in our organization.
We fully support the Commissioner’s Office and have confidence that MLB’s investigation will provide a resolution in a timely manner. The Astros are disappointed that this allegation is attached to a member of our organization – we have no further comment on this case until the investigations are complete.
Vasquez, 22, hit .265/.322/.374 in 233 plate appearances with Corpus Christi this season.