Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced today that Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has accepted a 15-game suspension without pay for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Wright will begin serving his 15-game suspension whenever he is placed on the Red Sox' Active List. Wright has agreed not to appeal this discipline. Wright is eligible to continue to participate in all Spring Training activities prior to Opening Day.
Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement regarding the discipline:
"My office has completed its investigation into the events leading up to Steven Wright's arrest on the evening of December 8, 2017. Mr. Wright cooperated with the investigation. While it is clear that Mr. Wright regrets what transpired that evening, takes full responsibility for his actions, and has committed himself to the treatment and counseling components of the Policy, I have concluded that Mr. Wright's conduct on December 8th violated the Policy and warrants discipline.
"In addition to serving a 15-game suspension, Mr. Wright has agreed to speak to other players about what he has learned through this process, and to donate time and money to local organizations aimed at the prevention of, and the treatment of victims of, domestic violence."
The Red Sox released the following statement on Wright:
"We fully support MLB's Domestic Violence Policy, the discipline set forth by the Commissioner's Office, and Steven's acceptance of the ruling. While we are disappointed that this incident occurred, we are encouraged that Steven is taking meaningful steps to learn from this unfortunate incident."