Los Angeles (AFP) – Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes will not stand trial for domestic abuse charges in Hawaii because his wife will not talk to prosecutors, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Kerry Glen said she plans to file documents to drop the case because Reyes’ wife refused to cooperate or return to Maui.
“The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes’ wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness,” Glen said. “At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution.”
Dominican Reyes, 32, pleaded not guilty to abusing a family member and was scheduled to go to trial on Monday.
His playing status with the Rockies remains uncertain because Major League Baseball could still issue a suspension. He was placed on paid administrative leave on February 23 under the league’s domestic violence policy, agreed upon with the players’ union last August, pending completion of the court case.
“My expectation is, once that process plays out, we’ll be in position to act quickly,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this month.
Colorado’s highest-paid player, Reyes is scheduled to make $22 million this season and $56 million in all through the end of next year.
Reyes was at the Wailea Four Seasons resort on Maui when hotel security officials called police last October, staff telling police that Reyes’ wife, Katherine Ramirez, had suffered injuries to her face, neck and leg.
Reyes was arrested after being accused of grabbing his wife by the throat and shoving her into a sliding glass door.
Last year for the Rockies and Toronto, Reyes hit .274 with seven home runs and 53 runs batted in. Over his career, he has batted .290 with 118 homers and driven in 621 runs.