Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Reyes put on leave during investigation

NEW YORK — Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on paid leave Tuesday under Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy pending completion of criminal proceedings and will not report to spring training.

The four-time All-Star, 32, was arrested in Hawaii at a Maui resort Oct. 31 after an argument with his wife and pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family or household member. He was released after posting $1,000 bail and is scheduled for a trial starting April 4, the day Colorado opens the season at Arizona.

Reyes became the first player impacted by the policy, agreed to in August by MLB and the players' association after a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig also are under investigation.

MLB said commissioner Rob Manfred will not decide on possible discipline for Reyes until after the criminal proceedings and an MLB investigation. Discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.

Despite previous reports, any suspensions will involve only regular-season games, not spring games, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Chapman repeated his intent to appeal any suspension handed down by Manfred. "To me, if it doesn't go my way, I'm just going to appeal," the left-hander said. "I haven't hurt anybody."

ZIMMERMAN ON OFFENSIVE: Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is fighting to clear his name after Al-Jazeera America aired a documentary in late December implying that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

In January, he and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard filed defamation suits against the network and claims made in "The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping."

Zimmerman believes trainer Jason Riley is how his name got linked to pharmacist Charles Sly, who was featured in the documentary. Sly recanted his statements about Zimmerman, Howard and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning taking human growth hormone before the documentary aired.

"I've never met that guy, I've never heard of that guy," Zimmerman said of Sly. "None of that stuff is true. I've never done any of that. I've never even thought about doing any of that."

DEAL HITS SNAG: The Orioles' three-year, $35 million deal with right-hander Yovani Gallardo was delayed when team doctors ordered additional tests after reviewing the results of an MRI exam, the Baltimore Sun reported. There was no indication the deal was in danger of falling through. Baltimore did reach agreement on a three-year, $35 million deal with outfielder Dexter Fowler.

ANGELS: Left-hander C.J. Wilson will be shut down for a few days with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, a setback in his return from elbow surgery.

BLUE JAYS: New general manager Ross Atkins wouldn't publicly address Jose Bautista's stance on what it would take for Toronto to sign him to a deal beyond 2016.

PADRES: New bench coach Mark McGwire was absent from spring training while he takes care of family matters in Southern California.

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