Red Sox punishment now expected by the end of February

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

After MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters last week that he hoped the league's investigation into the Red Sox would be done before Spring Training, a report today from MLB Network's Jon Heyman indicates the conclusion will likely be 'by the end of the month.'

Jon Heyman on Twitter

The report on the Red Sox is expected to come from MLB by the end of the month. The allegations against them are far less egregious than the ones that resulted in MLB's report and punishments in the Astros case.

While Manfred's timeline, coming just days before pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Myers, never seemed realistic, this is yet another example of the end of the tunnel being pushed back.

Heyman also mentions that the allegations against the Red Sox are 'far less egregious' than those against the Astros, which lines up with the report that the Red Sox will receive a lighter punishment. Whatever is causing the delay clearly isn't serious, although some may argue the arduous waiting process dragging on into Spring Training is a punishment in it's own way.

Punishment or no, the Red Sox first official full-team workout is scheduled for Monday. But as the 2020 Red Sox meet for the first time, the cloud of the 2018 team will still linger, at least for a few more weeks.

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