Major League Baseball suspends Padres pitcher Jose Torres for domestic violence

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Major League Baseball announced Friday it would suspend Padres pitcher Jose Torres for the remainder of the season for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

Torres was placed on the Padres restricted list earlier this year, after his arrest for domestic violence in Phoenix. The move kept Torres out of spring training with the team.

Law enforcement officers in Phoenix said Torres used a handgun to threaten the woman he lived with, kicked down a door, and punched a hole through another door.

The unpaid suspension is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games, according to MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

Torres agreed not to appeal the suspension and will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.

"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,” Manfred said.

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The Padres issued a statement:

“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.”

Torres pitched in 62 games during the 2017 season.

Torres is a Venezuelan national who is in the United States on a work visa.

 

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