Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman agrees to accept 30-game suspension

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TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Pitchers Aroldis Chapman, left, and Dellin Betances, of the New York Yankees, walk out to the field to participate in a spring training workout on February 19, 2016 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Pitchers Aroldis Chapman, left, and Dellin Betances, of the New York Yankees, walk out to the field to participate in a spring training workout on February 19, 2016 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has agreed to accept a 30-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a penalty stemming from an incident with his girlfriend last October.

Under the discipline announced Tuesday, Chapman will serve the penalty from the start of the season in April. He will lose 30 days of pay and 30 days of major league service, which will allow him to become a free agent after this season.

Chapman says in a statement, “I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening.” He adds that, “I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry.”

The New York Yankees released the following statement:

“The New York Yankees support the decision made by The Commissioner today. We are pleased that Aroldis has accepted this discipline.”