Jose Reyes's domestic abuse case to be dropped
Ex-Blue Jay was slated to go to trial April 4
Maui prosecutors are moving to dismiss a domestic abuse charge against suspended Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes because his wife isn't co-operating.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Kerry Glen said she expects to file documents Wednesday to drop the case. Reyes' wife won't talk to prosecutors or return to Maui, she said.
"The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes' wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness," Glen said. "At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution."
Reyes was scheduled to go to trial April 4. He pleaded not guilty to abusing a family or household member. David Sereno, his Maui defense attorney, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
The former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop was arrested Oct. 31 at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort. According to a recording of a 911 call released by police, a hotel security guard reported the woman had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck.
$1,000 US bail
Reyes was released after posting $1,000 US bail and was ordered to stay away from his wife for three days.
Reyes' wife rebuffed requests for co-operation through a Maui attorney she hired, Glen said.
Glen will ask for the case to be dropped without prejudice, meaning she'll have about two years from the date of the alleged offence to refile charges if Reyes' wife eventually co-operates.
"For misdemeanor offences, we cannot force an uncooperative witness to come back," Glen said.
Reyes was placed on paid leave under Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy pending completion of the criminal proceedings.
Reyes 'remains on administrative leave,' says MLB
The MLB declined to comment on prosecutors' intent to drop the charge against him but said in a statement Reyes "remains on administrative leave until the commissioner completes his investigation and imposes any discipline."
Administrative leave is paid suspension, although Reyes will start accruing his $22 million salary Sunday, the day the MLB season opens. If the discipline becomes an unpaid suspension, he has the right to offset the time served against the penalty but must repay any salary he received during the paid suspension.
In the first final discipline under the new policy, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a 30-day suspension following an incident with his girlfriend in October. The agreement included a provision that it is not precedential for other discipline under the policy.
Rockies spokesman Warren Miller said the team had no immediate comment. The team is expected to wait until MLB decides on any discipline before addressing the issue.