Julio Urias accepted a 20-game suspension under MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, and was subsequently placed on the suspended list by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Today I accepted a suspension from Major League Baseball and agreed not to exercise my right to appeal,” Urias said in a statement released on his behalf by the MLB Players Association.
“It is important to me not to create uncertainty for my teammates as we approach the playoffs. Accepting the suspension is the best path to achieve that goal. Since May, I have been fully cooperating with both law enforcement and MLB.
“Although the authorities determined no charges of any kind were warranted, I take full responsibility for what I believe was my inappropriate conduct during the incident. Even in this instance where there was no injury or history of violence, I understand and agree that Major League players should be held to a higher standard.
“I hold myself to a higher standard as well. I have taken proactive steps to help me grow as a person on and off the field, and in my relationships, including attending counseling sessions. I am deeply grateful for all the support I’ve received during this challenging time. I look forward to proving it is well deserved.”
Urias missed five games while on administrative leave, which came after he was arrested in May on suspicion of domestic violence during an incident at the Beverly Center. Thus, his announced suspension will last 15 games.
In June, the L.A. prosecutors office announced they would not press charges against Urias under the conditions that he participate in a City Attorney hearing, commit no acts of violence against anyone, and successfully participate in and complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program in person, and in a group setting.
Although Urias avoided criminal punishment, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred retained the authority to take action. Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Dodgers were not permitted to act independently or impose disciplinary action during the league’s investigation.
Suspensions under the domestic violence policy that was established in 2016 have ranged from 15 to 100 games. Urias’ did not include any mention of being ineligible for postseason play, which has been the case for some others who were suspended under the overhauled policy.
“While we are disappointed in what occurred and support the decision by the Commissioner’s Office, we are also encouraged that Julio has taken responsibility for his actions and believe he will take the necessary steps to learn from this incident,” the Dodgers said in a statement.