Reyes on Leave until End of Criminal Investigation

Major League Baseball has placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid leave until the completion of his criminal investigation. Reyes was arrested on October 31 in Hawaii on charges of domestic abuse.

According to a statement released by the commissioner’s office on Tuesday, Rob Manfred will decide following the completion of the investigation whether to enforce further discipline on Reyes.

According to a Maui Police Department report, Reyes is accused of grabbing his wife by the throat and shoving her into the balcony door of their Four Seasons Wailea Hotel room while the couple was on vacation.

Reyes, 32, is slated to receive $22 million this season and in 2017. Colorado possess an option for 2018 worth $22 million that includes a $4 million buyout. He will be compensated for the games he misses while on leave during the regular season. Should Reyes receive a suspension, he will not be paid during his absence.

Reyes is one of three players currently being investigated by MLB for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. The other two — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig — have not had similar actions taken upon them at this time.

The Rockies acquired Reyes late last July in a trade that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. In 47 games with the Rockies, Reyes batted .257 with three home runs and nineteen RBIs.

Colorado will likely turn to Daniel Descalso to fill the void at short. Further depth beyond Descalso is provided by Cristhian Adames, who played in 26 games for the Rockies last season.

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