Boston Red Sox outfielder Wilfredo Cordero, who has been charged with beating and threatening to kill his wife, missed Sunday night’s game against Atlanta for personal reasons, the team said.
Team spokesman Kevin Shea said Cordero called manager Jimy Williams and received permission to skip the game. Cordero was in the clubhouse after the 7-3 loss to the Braves and was expected to travel with the team to Montreal.
While declining to elaborate on the “personal reasons,” Shea said Cordero’s absence was not because of a trade. He also said there were no legal impediments to Cordero crossing the border into Canada, where he used to play.
Shea would not comment, however, on whether the absence was related to Cordero’s criminal case. Cordero did not comment on the reasons for his absence.
A spokesman for Middlesex County District Attorney Thomas Reilly said Sunday night he knew of no developments in the case.
Cordero faces an Oct. 20 trial on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime in connection with a June 11 fight that left his wife’s nose bloodied. He is also charged with violating an emergency restraining order.
He faces a maximum of 2-1/2 years in prison on three of the charges and six months on the charge of making a threat.