Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on paid leave under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy pending completion of criminal proceedings.
The 32-year-old, a four-time All-Star, was arrested in Hawaii at a Maui resort on Oct. 31 following 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 the Rockies open the season at Arizona.
Major League Baseball said Tuesday that Commissioner Rob Manfred will decide on discipline after the proceedings and an MLB investigation. Reyes will receive the $22 million salary he earns during the season while on leave.
The players’ union has the right to challenge the decision before an arbitrator and said it will work with Reyes to protect his rights “if further discipline is issued” or if the “suspension is not resolved in a timely fashion.”