Puig investigation closes, no discipline imposed

March 16th, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was cleared in an investigation as part of MLB's domestic violence policy and will not be suspended for his role in an offseason bar fight, according to a statement from MLB.

"The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has concluded its investigation into an alleged incident involving Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and his sister in a Miami-area nightclub on November 26, 2015," the statement read. "The investigation included interviews of witnesses, including Puig and his sister, as well as a review of video footage from inside the nightclub at the time of the alleged incident.

"The Office of the Commissioner's investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation; both Puig and his sister denied that an assault occurred; and the available video evidence did not support the allegation. Thus, barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, no discipline will be imposed on Puig in connection with the alleged incident."

"I just found out today," said Puig, who was removed from the Dodgers' 7-3 win over the Rockies after slugging his first home run of the spring in the fourth inning.

"I'm happy with the results of the investigation and can concentrate on this year and give my best."

Puig would not provide details on the incident in Miami, and he insisted it had not been on his mind during the months-long investigation.

"Obviously, the situation is out of my hands," he said. "I just came here to work hard. I'm happy with my lawyers, happy with the league's lawyers and just happy it was resolved."

Puig said there was no correlation between the end of the investigation and hitting his first home run.

"Just because I hit a home run doesn't mean I haven't been concentrating on the season," he said. "I know I was one of the last ones with a home run. [Teammate] Alexander Guerrero told me to stop hitting ground balls to shortstop or I would hurt my hamstring."

There were no arrests or charges pressed in the incident. According to media reports at the time, Miami police determined that Puig and a bouncer fought, but the player did not shove his sister, as was originally reported by TMZ Sports and was the focus of the MLB investigation.

"The Dodgers are pleased with MLB's findings following their thorough investigation," the team said in a statement. "Yasiel can now put this matter behind him and focus solely on the season ahead."

"It's good to hear," manager Dave Roberts said. "Now we can move forward, he can move forward and just worry about getting ready for the season. He did a good job of focusing on the job at hand, but obviously until there's a resolution and final decision, it's still kind of lingering. Now that we have some finality, we can move forward."

Puig, a lightning rod for attention in previous seasons, has had a relatively mellow Spring Training. He reported to camp in trimmer condition at the club's request after an injury-plagued 2015 season.

"I've trained well and now it's in God's hands," he said. "I've done what I've done to get my body where it is."

Off the field, Puig has established a friendly relationship with Roberts after a sometimes tumultuous relationship with previous manager Don Mattingly.

Puig, 25, was arrested twice for driving violations during his first two seasons after leaving Cuba under controversial circumstances.

Puig, a rookie sensation in 2013, missed roughly half of the '15 season with hamstring and hand injuries.

Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman became the first player disciplined under MLB's domestic violence policy, receiving a 30-game suspension. An investigation of Colorado's Jose Reyes is pending his trial in Hawaii on domestic abuse charges. Reyes is on administrative leave.