On Monday morning, news broke that Julio Urías was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on felony domestic violence charges that took place Sunday night.
“We are aware of an incident involving Julio Urías,” the Los Angeles Dodgers said in a statement. “While we attempt to learn all the facts, he will not be traveling with the team. The organization has no further comment at this time.”
Urías was released on bail Monday, but it’s likely his season, and possibly career, is over.
Under the MLB and Players Association joint domestic violence policy, all investigations will be handled by the commissioner’s office. The league can also levy its own punishment even if there is not a conviction.
The commissioner may place an accused player on paid administrative leave for up to seven days while the allegations are investigated. If the investigation is still ongoing, the player is generally transferred to the restricted list.
It is up to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to decide on discipline with no minimum or maximum penalty, but players may challenge the decision to an arbitration panel.
While an investigation is ongoing, the club may not issue punishment of their own, which includes releasing the player. At the conclusion of the investigation, the club may then decide to release the player.
Aside from MLB penalties, Urías faces a maximum fine of $6,000 and imprisonment for up to four years, with stiffer penalties imposed upon defendants who have previous domestic violence convictions, under California’s felony domestic violence laws.
Julio Urías arrest history
Urías was arrested on a previous incident in May 2019 on suspicion of domestic battery at the Beverly Center.
He was quickly placed on administrative leave during the investigation and one month later the L.A. prosecutors’ office announced they would not press charges under the conditions that he participates 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.
MLB still suspended Urías 20 games for violating the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
With this being the second time, he should receive stiffer penalties from the league. Urías is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2023 season.
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