New York Yankees relief pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been suspended by Major League Baseball for the rest of the 2023 season for violating MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, the league announced Wednesday. Cordero has accepted the suspension and been placed on the restricted list -- meaning he's suspended without pay -- effective immediately.
The Yankees released the following statement:
"The Yankees are fully supportive of Major League Baseball's investigative process and the disciplinary action applied to Jimmy Cordero. There is no justification for domestic violence, and we stand with the objectives, standards and enforcement of MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy."
Cordero is a 31-year-old right-handed relief pitcher. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 2012 by the Blue Jays and has spent time with the Nationals, Blue Jays, White Sox and now Yankees at the MLB level. In 31 appearances this season, he has a 3.86 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 34 strikeouts against 10 walks in 32 2/3 innings.
When asked about the suspension Wednesday afternoon, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said (via SNY Yankees), "I found out about the suspension last night. He came to me a couple days ago and gave a heads up as to an investigation going on and that's kind of the extent of it."
Cordero pitched on July 2 and threw 42 pitches, a season-high workload by 14.
The Yankees have 76 games left in the season, so this is essentially a 76-game suspension. To this point, the longest suspensions under the domestic violence policy are as follows:
- Trevor Bauer, 194 games (reduced on appeal from 324 games)
- Sam Dyson, 162 games
- José Torres, 100 games
- Carlos Martínez, 85 games
- Odubel Herrera, 85 games
- Héctor Olivera, 82 games
- Domingo Germán, 81 games
- Jimmy Cordero, 76 games
Per the league, Cordero "will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board." As noted earlier, Cordero agreed to the suspension, so he was also made aware of these terms.
The specifics of Cordero's violation have not been made public at this time.