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Yasiel Puig cleared in MLB investigation of Miami bar fight

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PHOENIX -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will not be suspended for his role in a bar fight in Florida in November. Major League Baseball concluded its investigation into Puig and determined on Wednesday that he was not subject to discipline under the league's new domestic violence policy.

Puig was not arrested for his role in a fight at the Blue Martini bar in Miami on Nov. 26, but through terms of baseball's domestic violence policy approved by both MLB and the players union in August, no arrest is necessary for the commissioner to administer discipline.

"I’m happy with the results of the investigation and I’m just concentrating myself on this year and giving my best," Puig said Wednesday. "All of this is out of my hands. I just had to keep on going and keep doing what I was doing."

At issue was an initial TMZ report alleging the fight started when Puig shoved his sister, though that was disputed. A spokesman for the Miami police department said there was no shoving between Puig and his sister, and that the only physical altercation was between Puig and a bouncer, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

"The investigation included interviews of witnesses, including Puig and his sister, as well as a review of video footage from inside the nightclub at the time of the alleged incident," Major League Baseball released in a statement.

"The Office of the Commissioner's investigation did not uncover any witness who supported the assault allegation; both Puig and his sister denied that an assault occurred; and the available video evidence did not support the allegation. Thus, barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, no discipline will be imposed on Puig in connection with the alleged incident."

Puig, 25, is coming off his worst season, hitting .255/.322/.436 with 11 home runs and 12 doubles in 79 games in an injury-riddled 2015 campaign.

New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in December he was looking forward to building his relationship with Puig, and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he felt Puig would respond well to his new manager.

"Puig responds well to genuine people, who don't want something from him," Gonzalez said. "Dave is not after his own agenda, he's interested in what's best for Puig and for the team ... If he can get the best of him, the we can get the best for the team."

The Dodgers released a statement regarding Puig:

“The Dodgers are pleased with MLB’s findings following their thorough investigation. Yasiel can now put this matter behind him and focus solely on the season ahead.”