One of the biggest stories of this month was the report that, allegedly, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was not going to be suspended by Major League Baseball for his domestic violence incident in November of last year. Still, no official word has been passed along. But that might change soon.
According to a report that recently came out, it does seem that a decision regarding the official punishment of the talented outfielder will be coming very soon. No one knows what the punishment will officially be, but if the earlier report this month is accurate then no punishment will take place.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says a decision will be forthcoming quickly about a ban against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig but Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes will not face more discipline until his legal matters are settled.
The investigation has taken its time but they wanted to gather all the facts, so the probe taking this long shouldn’t be of great surprise. The alleged domestic assault took place in November, so it takes a few months to get all the facts of the case and go through them. Patience is key.
The commissioner did have something to say about it directly, though:
“The investigation is essentially complete,” Manfred said. “We’ll have something on Puig shortly.”
There’s no word on when “shortly” will actually be, but it sounds like there will be something in the coming week or two about Puig’s availability for the start of the season, and the Dodgers are going to be paying close attention to the result since they’ll need him on the field in order to compete.
Puig batted a career-worst .255 last season and appeared in a career-low 79 games due to hamstring issues. To say that the entire 2015 year was a disaster for him in every which way imaginable would be a gross understatement.