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.

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2016, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during a spring training baseball workout, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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."

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