Yankees' Chapman plans appeal if suspended by Manfred

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, then-Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, right, takes a drink of water during batting practice as he talks to Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig prior to a baseball game, in Los Angeles. New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman says he would appeal if he is suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's new domestic violence policy. Florida prosecutors decided not to file charges against Chapman, whose girlfriend told officers he pushed her, put his hands around her neck and choked her during an argument in October. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman says he would appeal if he is suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's new domestic violence policy.

Florida prosecutors decided not to file charges against Chapman, whose girlfriend told officers he pushed her, put his hands around her neck and choked her during an argument in October. Broward Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to have a decision by opening day.

''It's something out of my hands,'' Chapman said through a translator after Yankees pitchers and catchers reported Thursday for spring training. ''It's something I can't really talk about. We've got to wait to see what happens.''