Report: Yankees RHP Aroldis Chapman to receive ban for alleged domestic violence incident

February 26, 2016 - 7:25 am

[caption id="attachment_37454" align="alignright" width="150"] Aroldis Chapman[/caption] The Yankees apparently will be without newly acquired closer Aroldis Chapman for at least some length of time this year. The Cuban flamethrower has been under investigation this offseason for an alleged domestic violence incident. MLB Network's Jon Heyman took to Twitter on Thursday to report that MLB would be handing down a punishment in the near future. Heyman's tweet read: Chapman suspension wont come today but soon. interesting case. no charges, no cooperating witness. but he will get a ban. In the alleged incident, Chapman fired a gun eight times in his garage and choked his girlfriend. While he admitted to firing the gun, he denied ever putting his hands on his girlfriend. No arrests were made due to inconsistent stories and a lack of physical evidence to corroborate the claims. Meanwhile, Chapman has been taking some time off during the opening week of spring training. He missed both Monday and Thursday this week for what he called "a family matter." Through a translator, the 27-year-old told reporters the personal days were in no way related to the domestic violence allegations. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he was fine with Chapman being absent from spring training. "Excused absence for personal reasons," Cashman told reporters. "Shortly after we acquired him, they gave us some information, 'Hey, there'€™s something that he needs to attend to on this particular date.' No problem." Although it appears a suspension is on the horizon for Chapman, it remains to be seen how long it will be or if he will miss any regular-season games as a result. Whenever he does return, he will join Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in what is arguably the most dominating bullpen in the majors. In his four years as a full-time closer for the Reds, Chapman totaled 145 saves to go with a career ERA of 2.17.