MIAMI — Major League Baseball placed Dodgers player Julio Urillas on administrative leave Wednesday as the league and law enforcement continue their ongoing investigation stemming from Urillas’ arrest late Sunday night on suspicion of felony bodily injury to a spouse.
Administrative leave is not an admission of guilt or is considered punitive. Players are paid and accumulate service time, but are removed from active rosters and 40-player rosters. Vacation is usually set for seven to 10 days, although it can be extended beyond that with the approval of the league and the MLB Players Association.
Urreas was arrested late Sunday night in Los Angeles and was released Monday morning on $50,000 bail. Los Angeles Police Department court records show Uriah set a court date for September 27, the final week of the Dodgers’ regular season. Exposition Park Police, who are handling Urías’ case, have until that date to file potential charges against Urías.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday. “For us, we just sit and wait while the process continues until we know more.”
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called news of Uriah’s arrest “extremely disappointing” on Tuesday, but put off an ongoing investigation.
The Dodgers chose not to travel Urías with the club on a six-game east coast road trip as soon as the news broke on Monday. This is the second time Uriahs has been on administrative leave under the joint domestic violence policy. He was placed on administrative leave, reinstated and then suspended 20 matches in 2019 due to his arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery over an alleged physical altercation with a woman in a shopping mall parking lot. Although Uriahs was never charged with the arrest in 2019, MLB was still able to suspend him under the policy.
No player has been suspended twice under this policy since it was introduced in 2015.
Uriah was originally supposed to start Thursday’s game for the Dodgers in Miami. The 27-year-old, who has a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts this season, is set to become a free agent at the end of the year.
League sources said the Dodgers are expected to call up Ryan Pibiot to replace Urius on the active roster the athlete.
Shortly after MLB moved to put Urías on administrative leave, the Dodgers announced that they would replace the planned September 21 Julio Urías bobblehead with a selection of different bobbleheads.
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