The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly placed pitcher Julio Urias on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into reports of domestic violence.
According to TMZ, Urias, 22, was arrested in L.A. at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday following an incident at a shopping center.
Sources indicate the altercation took place in a parking lot and involved Urias pushing the alleged victim to the ground. While he reportedly acknowledged the two exchanged words in anger at the location, he denied witness reports claiming he got physical with the woman.
Nevertheless, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, a misdemeanor, and was locked up with bail set at $20,000. He was released the following morning.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose his words carefully regarding Julio Urias, as is to be expected. Here’s his initial statement. pic.twitter.com/Qsj3baXBb4
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 14, 2019
In a statement to TMZ, the Dodgers acknowledged the arrest and said it was in the fact-finding stage of its own investigation.
“As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident,” the statement concluded. “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.”
[Featured image: Julio Urias, AP Photo/Jim Young]