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MLB Hands Steven Wright A 15-Game Suspension For Violating Their Domestic Violence Policy

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Figured this was coming. The precedent had been set with players in the past that you don’t have to be convicted for a suspension to be handed down, and that is the case with Steven Wright, who was suspended for 15 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Wright was arrested on domestic assault charges back in December, but the charges are expected to be dropped. That, of course, doesn’t matter in the eyes of the league, and the Red Sox will have to skip three of Wright’s starts once he’s off the disabled list and rejoins the active roster.

Wright maintains that he never touched his wife, and I wrote previously that the unconfirmed rumor was that he kicked the door down, which is where the arrest more than likely stemmed from if that was the case. It’s odd to talk about silver linings in the same subject as a domestic violence policy being violated, but Wright was not expected to be a part of Boston’s rotation out of spring anyway. The Red Sox, instead, will go with Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Hector Velazquez, and Brian Johnson to start the year. Wright, if anything, provides depth once eligible to join the team, as does Eduardo Rodriguez once he’s healthy enough to return.