LOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred placed Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias on seven-day administrative leave Tuesday after Urias was arrested Monday night on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery.
The arrest was made after officers with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of an incident in the parking lot of the Beverly Center shopping mall. Witnesses told police they saw a man later identified as Urias shove a woman, who then fell over.
The woman is Urias’ girlfriend, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
One source confirmed the existence of a surveillance video that is at the center of the investigation. Another source familiar with the evidence said the alleged victim had no marks on her body. Both sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the arrest.
Urias and the woman denied the incident was anything more than a verbal altercation, according to two law enforcement sources.
Authorities reviewed the video, which indicated the woman had been pushed, according to a source familiar with the police probe. LAPD officers in domestic violence cases typically seek independent evidence of violent acts, such as video, physical marks or other confirmation.
Urias, 22, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. and released on $20,000 bond about four hours later, according to an LAPD arrest log and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s jail inmate locator.
“We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information,” the Dodgers said in a statement Tuesday. “As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, the very 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.”
Major League Baseball will investigate the case during Urias’ administrative leave. A player can go on leave for up to seven days, but the commissioner’s office can extend that time, according to Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.
The commissioner’s office can reinstate Urias to the active roster after the leave or suspend him. The commissioner’s office would determine whether to suspend Urias through collectively bargained negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Urias is considered by many to be the future ace of the Dodgers pitching staff.
He suffered a serious injury to his left shoulder in June 2017 and didn’t pitch again for the Dodgers until September of the following year. He made three relief appearances late in the 2018 regular season and seven more during the playoffs.
The Dodgers have been careful with his workload, but injuries to starters Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill prompted the team to rush Urias into the starting rotation to begin the 2019 season.
He was moved to the bullpen after making four starts in an attempt to limit his innings and is 2-2 with two saves and an ERA of 3.18 this season. The Dodgers plan for Urias to return to the starting rotation later this summer.
The left-hander made his major league debut with the Dodgers at age 19, compiling a 5-2 record over 15 starts in 2016.