Red Sox RHP Wright accepts 15-game suspension

Boston Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright has accepted a 15-game suspension handed down from MLB for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

On Dec. 8, Wright was arrested at his home near Nashville, Tenn., and charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call after an altercation with his wife, which are each misdemeanors in the state. He was released on a $2,500 bond.

Two weeks later, Wright had the charges against him retired in Williamson County court. A retirement of charges is the first step toward dismissal assuming no other offenses occur in the next 12 months.

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At the time, Wright and his wife, Shannon, released a statement through Wright's lawyer, Alex Little.

"We are pleased that the recent case with Steven has been retired, and that we were able to resolve this matter quickly," the Wrights said in a statement. "We regret the attention this has caused our family, the Red Sox, and Major League Baseball. We remain committed to working together to improve our relationship."

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 29: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Fenway Park on April 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 4: Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright wears a knee brace as he talks to reporters in the dugout before the game at Fenway Park in Boston on May 04, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 17: Steven Wright #65 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Steven Wright #65 of the Boston Red So signs autographs for fans during an open house at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 4: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 4, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 4: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on June 4, 2015 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as New York Yankees Carlos Beltran's hit flies out of the park in the seventh inning on August 5, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning on April 17, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts . (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 25: Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright flinches a bit as a piece of a broken bat sails in his direction in the top of the second inning. The Rockies' Cristhian Adames shattered his bat as he grounded out to second. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Colorado Rockies in an interleague MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, May 25, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: Starting pitcher Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox is dunked by teammates after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 04: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout in the second inning during the game against the Tornoto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on June 4, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 1: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox delivers during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July1, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 06: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox delivers in the first inning during the game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on July 6, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 01: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout after being pulled from the game in the sixth inning after giving up a grand slam in the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on July 1, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 6: Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright had his bubble burst by the Rangers as they roughed him up for two runs in the top of the sixth inning, and when he had given up a few more in the top of the seventh, he is pictured, along with shortstop Xander Bogaerts, as they wait for manager John Farrell to reach the mound as he removes him from the game. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Texas Rangers in regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, July 6, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Steven Wright #35 and David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory against the Minnesota Twins on July 24, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 10: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox responds to a question before a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Wright will miss his scheduled start on Thursday due to an injury. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 31: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning on August 31, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles April 12, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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MLB continued to investigate the incident, which resulted in Friday's suspension.

"Mr. Wright cooperated with the investigation," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "While it is clear that Mr. Wright regrets what transpired that evening, takes full responsibility for his actions, and has committed himself to the treatment and counseling components of the Policy, I have concluded that Mr. Wright's conduct on December 8th violated the Policy and warrants discipline.

"In addition to serving a 15-game suspension, Mr. Wright has agreed to speak to other players about what he has learned through this process, and to donate time and money to local organizations aimed at the prevention of, and the treatment of victims of, domestic violence."

Wright will begin serving his suspension with the start of the regular season, assuming he is on the active roster.

"We fully support MLB's Domestic Violence Policy, the discipline set forth by the Commissioner's office, and Steven's acceptance of the ruling," the Red Sox said in a statement. "While we are disappointed that this incident occurred, we are encouraged that Steven is taking meaningful steps to learn from this unfortunate incident."

Wright, 33, missed most of last season after undergoing knee surgery on May 8. The knuckleballer was an All-Star in 2016, going 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts.

Wright is expected to rejoin the Red Sox's rotation upon the completion of his suspension.

--Field Level Media

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