New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will be out of camp Thursday, for the second time this week, to attend to a "personal matter'' not related to a possible MLB suspension for his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident last October.
Similar to his absence Monday, when Chapman traveled to his home near Miami for a family matter, Thursday's absence was requested and approved in advance by the Yankees.
Chapman, acquired by the Yankees in January from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four minor leaguers, is the target of an MLB investigation into an incident at his home on Oct. 30, when he is alleged to have choked his girlfriend after an argument. Chapman also acknowledged firing eight shots from a handgun in his garage during the incident.
No criminal charges were filed against Chapman by the Broward County prosecutor's office due to insufficient evidence, but it is believed baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering suspending the Cuban-born lefty under baseball's recently adopted domestic violence policy.
On Tuesday, Manfred placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes, under criminal investigation in Hawaii for allegedly assaulting his wife, on paid leave pending completion of the investigation. Sources have told ESPN.com that if Manfred opts to suspend Chapman, he is unlikely to bar him from participating in spring training; any punishment would begin on the first day of the regular season.
Chapman, who on Tuesday told reporters, "I never hurt anyone,'' has said he would appeal any suspension.