Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was reportedly arrested on a domestic violence charge on Monday night after police were called to the scene of an argument he was having with a female companion.
Following the arrest, Major League Baseball placed Urias on administrative leave for seven days, according to Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown. That’s standard protocol for the league under its domestic violence policy. MLB will use the time to launch its own investigation into the alleged incident.
MLB puts Julio Urias on 7-day administrative leave.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 14, 2019
The alleged incident happened in the parking lot of a Los Angeles shopping center, according to TMZ. At some point during the argument, Urias reportedly shoved the woman to the ground. The police came after a witness called to report the incident.
TMZ reported the woman told police that there had been no physical contact between her and Urias during the argument. However, several witnesses (beyond the one who called about the incident) said they saw Urias shove her. TMZ also reported that there is a video of the incident, and it backs up the account of the witnesses at the scene.
Urias was then reportedly arrested and booked on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence. According to TMZ, he spent the night in jail and was released on Tuesday morning after posting $20,000 bail.
Urias, 22, is a former top prospect who has been in the majors off-and-on since 2016. He has a 3.18 ERA in 2019 over 28.1 innings, which includes four starts and nine total appearances.
Whether Urias faces criminal charges for his actions, he could still be subject to punishment from MLB. The league launches its own independent investigations in situations such as this and decides whether a suspension is warranted.
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