By Jon Weisman
Yasiel Puig has been cleared by Major League Baseball regarding an alleged incident last November, as MLB stated today.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has concluded its investigation into an alleged incident involving Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and his sister in a Miami-area nightclub on November 26, 2015. The investigation included interviews of witnesses, including Puig and his sister, as well as a review of video footage from inside the nightclub at the time of the alleged incident.
The Office of the Commissioner’s investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation; both Puig and his sister denied that an assault occurred; and the available video evidence did not support the allegation. Thus, barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, no discipline will be imposed on Puig in connection with the alleged incident.
“The Dodgers are pleased with MLB’s findings following their thorough investigation,” the Dodgers said later in the afternoon in a statement. “Yasiel can now put this matter behind him and focus solely on the season ahead.”
There was a suspension in the Dodger family today, though it involved a player who never suited up for the organization. Minor-league right-hander Adrian Salcedo, who was acquired in November, received a 144-game suspension without pay, according to the commisioner’s office, “following a positive test for a metabolite of Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program.” Salcedo was already serving a previous suspension incurred while with the Twins. Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. adds some backstory.