Ex-UH player Wright suspended under domestic violence policy
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy following his arrest on Dec. 8.
The former University of Hawaii pitcher publicly apologized to his wife, Shannon, after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Friday.
“I deeply regret my actions that night,” he said in statement issued through the Major League Baseball Players Association. “I fully cooperated with MLB’s investigators and re-iterated to them that I did not make physical contact with my wife. The legal case that was retired supports that claim. But I accept full responsibility for what happened and have taken steps, including counseling sessions, to help me become a better husband.”
The 33-year-old knuckleballer was an All-Star in 2016 but was limited to five starts last year by a left knee injury that required surgery May 8.
He has not pitched in a major league spring training game this year, and it is not clear whether he will start the season on the disabled list.
The suspension will start when he is put on the active roster and will cost him about $100,000 of his $1.1 million salary. The exact figure depends on the number of off-days during the ban.