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Dodgers' Julio Urias Placed on Leave by MLB After Domestic Violence Arrest

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2019

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias works against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was reportedly arrested and booked on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge Monday night.

TMZ Sports reported the news, citing witnesses who said Urias pushed a woman to the ground during an argument in a parking lot at a shopping area. The woman denied a physical altercation when speaking with police, but TMZ noted "video from the scene appeared to back up the witness accounts."

Urias, 22, posted $20,000 bail on Tuesday morning after spending Monday night locked up.

The Dodgers issued a statement on Urias' arrest, via Molly Knight of The Athletic:

Molly Knight @molly_knight

Dodgers statement on Julio Urias’ domestic violence arrest: https://t.co/1v9CVUxIuW

Major League Baseball later announced Urias was placed on administrative leave for seven days, according to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced a new joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy in 2015. Dan Bernstein of Sporting News explained a criminal conviction is not necessary for the league to punish players.

"Suspension lengths and other measures are influenced by participation of victims in league investigations and precedent," Bernstein wrote.

Urias debuted with the Dodgers in 2016 and has alternated between the starting rotation and bullpen this season.

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