THE ANGELS- The former pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers Julio Urias will not be charged with serious crimes following his arrest in September on suspicion of domestic violence.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charging evaluation, the Mexican left-hander was arguing with his wife when “he pushed her against a fence and grabbed her by the hair or shoulders”. However, the document stated: “Neither the victim’s injuries nor the defendant’s criminal record justify filing (a charge) for a serious crime.”
Prosecutors said Tuesday they have moved the case to the city attorney’s office to consider filing misdemeanors.
Urias declared himself a free agent after the last World Series. He completed the first eight years of his career with the Dodgers.
The Mexican was placed on paid leave indefinitely by the Big leagues after his arrest outside the BMO stadium in Exposition Park, south of Los Angeles, where he went to watch a Major League Soccer match. The authorities were alerted by a citizen who reported the altercation between a man and a woman. Urias was arrested by the Department of Public Safety on suspicion of bodily injury to his spouse or cohabitant.
The paid leave was applied under Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse adopted by mutual agreement with the union in 2015 and which may constitute the first step toward a suspension. Under the license, players can earn their salaries but are prohibited from playing.
Even without being found guilty, Major League Baseball can suspend the 27-year-old left-hander if it concludes that he violated domestic violence regulations.
Urias was arrested in May 2019 for domestic violence. Major League Baseball suspended him for 20 games, but the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office did not file formal charges, on the condition that he follow a gender violence prevention program for 52 weeks. No player has been suspended twice under the domestic violence rule.