New York Yankees relief pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been suspended for the remainder of the 2023 MLB regular season and postseason as a result of violating the league’s joint domestic violence p olicy. The announcement came from the Yankees on Wednesday along with a statement by the league. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated that after an investigation into the issue, Cordero had accepted his suspension.
The league did not provide any details of the specifics of Cordero’s case nor did they specify which part of the MLB’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy had been violated by the 31-year-old. The relief pitcher was placed on a restricted list on Wednesday. The Yankees, in a statement, said that they were “fully supportive of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action applied to Jimmy Cordero”.
Cordero personally spoke to his Yankees teammates on Tuesday, following the team’s 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles, and informed them of his impending suspension as well as the circumstances around his case. About this situation, Yankees captain Aaron Judge stated that “It definitely came as a surprise to a lot of us”. Judge continued by saying “I’m hoping he can get some help, and his family can get some help, I’ve got his family on my mind,” before explaining that several of Cordero’s teammates were upset with the situation.
Prior to informing his teammates, Cordero had explained himself to Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone. The 31-year-old journeyman pitcher hasn’t played for the Yankees since Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. The player will now participate in a “comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board”, the MLB revealed.
Cordero, who is on a league minimum salary at the Yankees, joined the team in March of last year to train with their minor league affiliate. He began pitching for the Yankees this year and he has had solid performances since, with 34 strikeouts in a little more than 32 innings. With the relief pitcher now suspended, the Yankees have called up Randy Vásquez to act as his replacement.