Julio Urias, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher, was apprehended and faced charges of felony domestic violence on Sunday, as reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
According to Los Angeles County jail records, Urías was arrested at approximately 11 p.m. PT and subsequently booked into jail at 1:05 a.m. He was released at 4:47 a.m. after posting a $50,000 bond. While there are no further specifics available regarding the arrest, it’s worth noting that it likely occurred while Urías was attending the LAFC vs. Lionel Messi and Inter Miami match at BMO Stadium on Sunday.
The Dodgers issued a brief statement in response to Urais’ arrest.
“We are aware of an incident involving Julio Urías. 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.”
As of now, MLB has not issued any statements on the matter. However, it’s expected that the league will initiate an investigation into Julio Urías soon. In the usual course of such investigations, players are usually put on administrative leave. This means they are temporarily suspended from playing or traveling with their team but continue to receive their salary and accumulate service time.
Julio Urías, aged 27, has spent his entire career with the Dodgers, and this incident marks not his first arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. In May 2019, he was arrested in a Los Angeles parking lot after witnesses reported seeing him shove a woman to the ground. Although security footage seemed to corroborate the witnesses’ accounts, the woman Urias was with claimed that she had fallen. The Los Angeles city attorney opted not to pursue charges at that time but instead deferred them, contingent on Urias completing a 52-week domestic violence counseling program and avoiding arrest for a violent offense within the subsequent year (the duration of the statute of limitations).
Although charges weren’t formally filed in 2019, it’s essential to note that this does not equate to an expungement. Julio Urias’ domestic violence arrest continues to exist in the public record, along with the associated police report.
In 2019, Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 20-game suspension on Urias as a consequence of his violation of the MLB/MLBPA joint policy concerning domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. If MLB decides to suspend Urias again due to this latest incident, the suspension could potentially exceed the previous 20-game penalty, considering that this would mark his second documented violation.
Urias is slated to make a court appearance on September 27th at 8:30 a.m.