MLB places Dodgers’ Urias on leave after arrest

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias on Tuesday was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball after he was arrested Monday night on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the arrest stemmed from an incident between Urias, 22, and a woman in the parking lot of the Beverly Center, a shopping area, at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Urias spent the night in jail and was released at 1:30 a.m. PT Tuesday after posting $20,000 bail.

MLB said it was conducting an investigation into the matter and is “in the process of gathering facts” while Urias is on administrative leave, which can be extended multiple times past the seven-day limit.

“We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information,” the Dodgers said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case.”

Urias is one of the top young pitchers in the Dodgers’ organization. The left-hander has been used as a starter and reliever this season, going 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA and two saves in nine games, including four starts.

A native of Mexico, Urias appeared in just eight games combined in 2017 and 2018 because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Eleven players have been investigated under MLB’s new domestic violence policy and nine have been suspended it went into effect in 2016. Suspensions have ranged from 15 games (Steven Wright and Jeurys Familia) to 100 games (Jose Torres).

Last week, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell returned from serving a 40-game suspension for violating the policy. Players are usually placed on administrative leave while the league investigates the situation — a process that typically takes several weeks.

ESPN Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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