Major League Baseball has made its decision regarding Steven Wright’s arrest in December, suspending the Boston Red Sox knuckleballer 15 games for violating the league’s Domestic Violence Policy.
Wright was arrested at his home in Tennessee after he and his wife got into what the pitcher’s lawyer described as a “verbal argument.” While acknowledging that an argument took place, both Wright and his lawyer were adamant the incident did not get physical.
The case was retired on Dec. 21, and the charges will be dismissed in December 2018 so long as there are no further incidents.
The Red Sox released the following statement Friday:
“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.”
Should Wright’s suspension begin the first game of the season, he will be eligible to return Apr. 16 against the Baltimore Orioles.