Commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at a meeting of MLB owners, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. Owners held their last meeting before the likely start of collective bargaining, where revenue sha
Lynne Sladky
January 21, 2016

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball still is unsure when it will complete investigations of New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes under the sport's new domestic violence policy.

Under the agreement last August between MLB and the players' association, discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction. But baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that legal probes impact baseball's inquiries.

Manfred says he would like to have the cases resolved before ''we begin play again.'' But he adds MLB needs to let the criminal process play out.

Players may be disciplined for ''just cause,'' the same standard used under the sport's collective bargaining agreement. Discipline can be appealed to baseball's independent arbitrator.

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