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Aroldis Chapman excused from camp Monday

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who is facing a potential suspension in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident, was not in camp Monday in what the team said was an excused absence.

"We knew he would not be here today," general manager Brian Cashman said. "He asked permission, we provided it, and you'll see him again [Tuesday]."

Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Friday he was close to ruling on three pending domestic violence cases involving ballplayers -- Jose Reyes, Yasiel Puig and Chapman. A source in the commissioner's office told ESPN.com Chapman was not in New York meeting with the commissioner or his investigators on Monday.

Chapman will not face criminal charges in connection with the Oct. 30, 2015, incident, in which he was accused by his girlfriend of choking her following an argument in his Davie, Florida, home. The girlfriend later amended and recanted parts of her allegations, and as a result, the Broward County prosecutor's office opted not to file charges against Chapman due to insufficient evidence.

Under baseball's new domestic violence policy, jointly established with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Manfred has the power to decide on appropriate discipline, with no minimum or maximum penalty, regardless of whether criminal charges are brought.

"I think we all know that there are times when things occur even if charges aren't filed," Manfred said. "Oftentimes, charges aren't filed because of a lack of cooperation from witnesses."

Players suspended under the new policy may challenge such decisions to an arbitration panel. Chapman has already said he would appeal any suspension.

Cashman said Chapman's absence was similar to those requested and granted to other players during spring training. He also said Chapman had requested, and has been granted, permission to leave camp on another date during this camp.

"Same kind of thing, not the same issue," Cashman said. "It happens to various other players, too."

The Yankees acquired Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in January in exchange for four minor league players. In December, the Los Angeles Dodgers had canceled a trade for Chapman when the incident first became public.

Cashman refused to speculate on the length of a possible suspension for Chapman, or how it would affect his ballclub to be potentially without its new closer for the start of the season.

"I can't expect anything. I have no expectations," Cashman said. "It's on a time frame that only [Manfred] and his office would know. Trying to speculate about when or what would be a waste of my time. [Manfred] is very methodical and they have a great investigative team. They're going to go through it all and make an informed decision, and we'll support whatever the decision is."

Both manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Chapman was not scheduled to throw on Monday.


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