BOSTON – Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested on Friday night on charges of domestic assault. “We are aware of the incident involving Steven,” said an emailed statement from the Red Sox. “This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is (our) understanding that both local police and MLB are looking into this, and for that reason the club won’t have any further comment at this time.”

A statement from the Wright family, issued through lawyer Alex Little and obtained by NBC Sports Boston, said the arrest stemmed from an argument involving his wife, and that Wright “did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident” and “the situation was purely emotional.”

Although Wright missed almost all of 2017 after undergoing knee surgery in April, he was expected to be an important part of Boston’s pitching depth next season, especially with Eduardo Rodriguez expected to miss the start of the year. There’s now uncertainty about Wright’s availability to pitch, as well as his ability to pitch following that surgery.

With the league investigating the matter, it’s possible Wright earns a suspension, as Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman and Jeurys Familia, among others, have before him since MLB’s institution of a domestic violence policy in 2015. Reyes was actually released by the Rockies shortly after his suspension ended in 2016, never suiting up for Colorado after his arrest.