MLB Investigation Into Former Dodgers Pitcher Julio Urías Still Ongoing

Julio Urías’ 2023 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers came to an abrupt end after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence last September.

The left-hander was placed on administrative leave and never returned to the team ahead of becoming a free agent at the end of the year.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in January they were not going to file felony charges. However, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed five misdemeanor charges against Urías, who had an arraignment hearing on May 2.

Major League Baseball has not decided whether to suspend Urías because their investigation into him is still ongoing, via Nathan Solis of the L.A. Times:

An investigation by Major League Baseball of the misdemeanor allegations against Urías remains open, according to an MLB spokesperson, with no timeline on when it will be completed. Typically, MLB investigators interview players accused of violating the league’s policy against domestic violence, the spokesperson said. It is not clear if MLB investigators have spoken to Urías.

Urías was arrested last September after getting physical with his wife outside of BMO Stadium following a soccer match between Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Inter Miami. He was previously arrested in May 2019 for alleged domestic violence, but charges were never filed.

After his second incident, the Dodgers quickly began to distance themselves from Urías by giving his locker in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse to Kolten Wong when he joined the team. The locker now belongs to Shohei Ohtani.

Urías is the first player who faces disciplinary action for a second time under MLB’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy that was implemented in August 2015.

Julio Urías entering domestic violence treatment program

Urías pleaded no contest to one count of domestic battery, while the other four charges were dismissed. He was placed on probation for three years and ordered to enter a domestic violence treatment program.

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