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Rays’ Wander Franco placed on administrative leave through June 1 as sexual abuse probe continues

Mar 29, 2024

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay All-Star shortstop Wander Franco was placed on administrative leave through June 1 under an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association while the investigation continues in an alleged relationship with a minor.

Administrative leave is not disciplinary under the sport’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy, and a player continues to be paid. Franco, who has a $2 million salary this year, has remained in his native Dominican Republic while authorities there investigate and did not report to spring training.

The Rays open the season Thursday against Toronto, forcing MLB and the union to make a decision on Franco’s roster status.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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