Report: MLB to investigate Yasiel Puig after reported physical altercation with sister

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Major League Baseball will investigate Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig under the league's domestic violence policy following a reported physical altercation with his sister, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Miami police spokesman Maj. Delrish Moss confirmed to The Associated Press that Puig was involved in an argument with his sister Wednesday night at the Blue Martini bar. According to TMZ, the argument turned physical when Puig shoved his sister.

Moss said Puig was asked by bouncers to leave the bar following the argument. He said that "at some point," Puig and a bouncer began to fight, leaving Puig with a swollen left eye and "minor bumps and bruises" to his face. He said the bouncer got a busted lip and minor facial bruises.

Moss said the bouncer claimed Puig sucker-punched him; Puig said the bouncer got too aggressive.

The spokesman said neither wanted to press charges.

A Dodgers spokesman said Friday night that the team had no comment. Puig's agent declined comment to the Times.

MLB officials and the players union agreed in August on a new comprehensive policy concerning domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The agreement followed a series of high-profile domestic violence cases involving NFL players.

Commissioner Rob Manfred was given broad discretion for determining the length of punishment for players for "just cause." There are no maximum or minimum penalties prescribed in the deal. Manfred also was given the authority to suspend a player with pay while legal proceedings are ongoing.

Earlier this month, the commissioner's office said it had started looking into the Oct. 31 arrest of Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes after an argument with his wife that police said turned physical at a resort in Hawaii.

Reyes was released after posting $1,000 bail and issued a warning citation to have no contact with his wife for three days after the arrest. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family or household member.

Puig was limited to 79 games during the 2015 regular season because of hamstring issues. He hit .255 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs.

The Cuban defector, who turns 25 in December, makes his offseason home in Miami.

It's the latest in a series of scrapes involving Puig. He was arrested twice for reckless driving in 2013, leading the Dodgers to say they were "very disappointed" with his behavior. In one of the cases, Puig's mother and cousin were in the car with him.

Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.