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Dodgers’ Julio Urias arrested on domestic violence felony

Julio Urias throwing against the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

By Livia Albeck-Ripka

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was arrested late Sunday night and charged with a domestic violence felony after a physical altercation with his wife at a stadium in South Los Angeles, authorities said Monday.

The altercation took place following a Major League Soccer match at the BMO Stadium, according to Assistant Chief Chris Carr of the Exposition Park Department of Public Safety, which manages the stadium and surrounding area.

Urias, 27, was arrested just after 11 p.m. and released on $50,000 bail just before 5 a.m. Monday, according to a booking document from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is scheduled to appear in court Sep. 27.

Further information regarding the details of the arrest were not immediately available.

On Monday, the Dodgers said they were “aware of an incident” involving the player.

“While we attempt to learn all the facts, he will not be traveling with the team,” the team said in a statement provided by Jon Weisman, a spokesperson for the Dodgers. “The organization has no further comment at this time.”

Neither MLB nor Urias’ agent immediately responded to requests for comment Monday afternoon.

The arrest comes four years after Urias, a star Dodgers player who earns more than $14 million a year, was placed on administrative leave following a similar incident in which he was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of “intimate partner battery.”

Urias, then 22, was involved in an altercation with a woman in a shopping center parking lot, according to a 2019 article in The Los Angeles Times. The city prosecutor agreed not to file misdemeanor charges so long as Urias was not arrested again for violent criminal behavior that year, the newspaper reported.

MLB’s domestic violence and sexual abuse policy, implemented in 2016, provides for the possibility of discipline, including suspensions, even if the legal process is not completed.

The policy states that players may be placed on paid administrative leave for up to seven days while the commissioner’s office investigates accusations against them, but the leave has been extended in past cases.

Urias was suspended for 20 games, or around three weeks, following the 2019 incident, Weisman said by email. He did not comment on whether Urias would be suspended as a result of Sunday’s arrest.

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