Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notebook: No Punishment for Puig

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notebook: No Punishment for Puig

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No punishment for Puig

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will not be punished for his involvement in an incident in a Miami club last fall.

Puig sustained a swollen eye and facial bruises on Nov. 26. Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said at the time the injuries were sustained as Puig was leaving the Blue Martini at bouncers' request following an argument with his sister.

MLB said Wednesday that it interviewed Puig and his sister and reviewed video from inside the club and the "investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation." Puig was not charged.

"Both Puig and his sister denied that an assault occurred, and the available video evidence did not support the allegation," MLB said. "Barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, no discipline will be imposed on Puig in connection with the alleged incident."

Puig was among three players investigated under the sport's new domestic violence policy, agreed to by MLB and the players' association last August after a series of incidents involving NFL players.

Hours after the decision, Puig hit his first home run of the spring.

Dodgers' Ryu won't be ready soon * Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is not expected to appear in any spring games, and manager Dave Roberts says it's "unrealistic" he'll be ready to pitch in May.

Ryu, the Dodgers' No. 3 starter in 2013 and 2014, missed all of last season after shoulder surgery last May. He threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday. But he fell behind in camp after suffering discomfort in his left shoulder following a bullpen session on Feb. 26.

LaRoche retired over son * Told to cut down his son's time in the clubhouse, Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche took a different path: He said he planned to retire and walk away from a $13 million salary.

White Sox President Kenny Williams confirmed that he twice asked LaRoche in the last week to "dial it back" with his 14-year-old son.

Williams said Drake LaRoche was a "quality young kid" and not a distraction. But he indicated he didn't want anything to deter the team's focus this season. …

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