Major League Baseball Player Arrested For Domestic Violence
Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher was suspended from Major League Baseball (MLB) after he was arrested for domestic violence on Monday.
The incident occurred when 22-year-old Julio Urias was spotted in a parking garage at Beverly Center arguing with this girlfriend at about 7:30 p.m. on May 13, ESPN reported.
Witnesses called police and reported that they had seen Urias shove the woman with whom he was arguing to the ground, TMZ reported.
Both the baseball player and his alleged victim disputed the accounts and said he had not shoved her.
The woman told police it had just been a heated verbal exchange, according to TMZ.
However, additional witness statements and video from surveillance cameras in the garage told a different story, so Urias was arrested.
He was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence/battery, ESPN reported.
The pitcher spent a night in jail and was released early the next morning after he posted a $20,000 bail.
ESPN reported that Urias did not attend practice with the Dodgers on the day he was released.
The day after his arrest, MLB announced that Urias had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the domestic violence charges, ESPN reported.
The baseball league’s domestic violence policy, created in 2016, allows for a suspension before the criminal investigation is completed, according to the New York Times.
LA Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Tuesday that he was "choosing my words wisely” because "I don't know the facts."
"Obviously, it's not ideal in any sense of the word," Roberts said. "But until we know more, it just doesn't behoove me to make any comments. Fortunately, Major League Baseball is kind of digging into this, as it well should. We'll know more later."
Urias, who is considered one of the most promising pitchers in professional baseball, signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers for $565,000 this year. He has pitched in nine games this season and has a 2-2 record with a 3.18 ERA.
The team released a formal statement to the media shortly after they learned about Urias’ arrest.
"We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information," the Dodgers told TMZ. "As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case."
The Dodgers are in first place in the West Division of the National League, according to ESPN.
Urias has split his time between the bullpen and starting rotation.