The LA Dodgers had a bad day in the office when they fell to the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Saturday. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg as more bad news surfaced regarding one of their talented left-handers, Julio Urias.
Major League Baseball slapped a 20-game suspension on Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias. As it turned out, Urias was arrested in May on suspicion of domestic battery. The suspension was in effect from Saturday onwards, so five games were already up.
MLB concluded its investigation into Julio Urias. He gets suspended 20 games for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy, 5 games already served when on admin leave in May.
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) August 17, 2019
“Since May, I have been fully cooperating with both law enforcement and MLB,” Urias said in a statement. “Although the authorities determined no charges of any kind were warranted, I accept 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.”
MLB announced that Dodgers LHP Julio Urias has accepted a 20-game suspension for violating the league's domestic… https://t.co/MOX8pSuQeH
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 17, 2019
Dodgers team president Stan Kasten decreed that Urias will report for training and return to the team after his suspension. The President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman even sent the left-hander on a rehab assignment.
“This is a program that is collaborative between the union and baseball,” Kasten said. “I’m very comfortable accepting their judgment about what should happen.”
On Saturday, Casey Sadler was recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City to take Urias’ roster spot.
The Braves scored first on the back of Ozzie Albies’ two-run double in the third inning. Two more were added to the board, courtesy Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall’s back-to-back home runs.
The Dodgers have recalled RHP Casey Sadler and placed LHP Julio Urías on the suspended list.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 17, 2019
Meanwhile, the Dodgers got 2-1/3 scoreless innings from Joe Kelly, Adam Kolarek and Pedro Baez in the absence of Urias. The Mexican appeared in 18 games, of which, he took on the role of a reliever in 16 of them. Now, it looks like, he will not be making many appearances for the rest of the season when he returns.
However, his performance has taken a backseat to his arrest at the Beverly Center on May 13. According to eyewitnesses, he shoved the woman he was with, though she alleged that she fell in the parking lot while they argued. Urias was then placed on paid administrative leave by the MLB.
Man, im confused bc the police dropped the charges and said Julio Urias was cleared ..but the MLB is giving him 20 games (actually 15). If Urias actually hit her….that’s fucken awful smh
— kris (@krisCK81) August 17, 2019
In June, city prosecutors announced they would not file charges against Urias and no action would be taken in connection with the report, as long as he is not arrested again for violent criminal behavior in the next year and he participated in a 52-week domestic violence counseling program in person.
“He understands the gravity of things like this,” Kasten said. “He’s going to work hard to move forward, learn from this, improve. We hope so and if that is how he feels, we will be here to help him as anyone, I would think, would expect us to.”
#Dodgers on Julio Urias: “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.”
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) August 17, 2019