The MLB announced Friday that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright for violating the league’s domestic violence policy
Major League Baseball announced Friday that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games without pay for violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
Wright will not seek an appeal and is able to practice with the team until Opening Day.
On December 8, 2017, the Red Sox pitcher was arrested on domestic abuse charges. Wright and his wife were in a verbal argument that prompted a call to the police.
This suspension is fairly short compared to other domestic violence suspensions the MLB has handed out. In 2016, Alrodis Chapman was suspended 30 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.
The Red Sox issued this statement regarding the situation:
“We fully support MLB’s Domestic Violence Policy, the discipline set forth by the Commissioner’s Office and Steven’s acceptance of the ruling. While we are disappointed that this incident occurred, we are encouraged that Steven is taking meaningful steps to learn from this unfortunate incident.”
If the Red Sox knuckleball pitcher starts the season on the DL, that will not count towards his suspension.