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Danny Salazar being investigated following sexual assault complaint

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UPDATE: The Cleveland Police Department has informed the Indians that no charges will be filed against Salazar.

Without more information, it's impossible to say if this was all an unfortunate misunderstanding, or if Salazar is fortunate to find himself avoiding a criminal case.


Danny Salazar is under investigation by Cleveland Police in connection with a sexual assault complaint that was filed following an incident in the early hours of January 23, when Salazar was in town for Tribe Fest. No charges have been filed, and specifics of the complaint have not been publicized at this time.

Early reports mentioned backup catcher Roberto Perez also being involved, but those reports have since been clarified: Perez is not under investigation.

Salazar has been a part of the organization since being signed as an amateur free agent in 2006. He made his MLB debut in 2013 and spent most of 2014 in the starting rotation. He has been viewed as the favorite to land the fifth spot in the rotation for 2015; competition for that spot is set to begin in two weeks, when pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona for the start of spring training.

There is not yet enough information available to allow for any reasonable speculation on this investigation, but more details are likely to come out in the next 24 hours. For now we are left hoping this was some sort of misunderstanding.