Torres accepts 100-game suspension
Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the remainder of the 2018 season for violating the Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Commissioner Robert Manfred announced on Friday.
Torres has agreed not to appeal the discipline and will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.
Manfred announced the following statement:
"My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Torres violated Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Torres violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover the balance of the season."
Torres was placed on MLB's restricted list at the start of Spring Training after he was arrested in December for a domestic violence dispute. In his rookie season in 2017, Torres posted a 4.21 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings. He completed the year with a 1.96 ERA in 17 outings over the last two months of the season.
The Padres issued the following statement regarding the discipline:
"We fully support the decision by the Commissioner's Office to suspend Jose Torres for violating the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy. We will continue to support the league's efforts to educate players and prevent instances like this from occurring in the future."
The unpaid suspension of Torres is retroactive to Tuesday and covers 100 games.