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MLB suspends Carlos Martinez 85 games for violating domestic violence policy

MLB have suspended Dominican pitcher Carlos Martinez for 85 games for violating its joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

The suspension, which is retroactive to June 19, will also see the 30-year-old participate in a confidential evaluation and treatment program supervised by the league’s joint policy board.

After hitting the free agent market last off-season, Martinez joined the San Francisco Giants in March, but ended up on the Boston Red Sox in May after being cut.

A week later he was banned 80 games by MLB after testing positive for a banned substance, and was later released on May 17.

Martinez pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2013 to 21, going 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA in 139 starts and 135 relief appearances. He was named to the All-Star team in 2015 and 2017.

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