Former Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías charged with five misdemeanor domestic violence counts

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was charged with five misdemeanor accounts stemming from an alleged attack on his wife in September, the L.A. City Attorney’s office confirmed Tuesday. 

Urías, 27, was charged Monday with two counts of domestic battery involving a dating relationship and one count each of assault, false imprisonment and spousal battery. Urías and his wife were attending a Major League Soccer match on Sept. 3 at BMO Stadium, after which he was arrested, booked and charged with felony domestic violence. 

The Department of Public Safety later received cell-phone video of the alleged incident outside the stadium.

Urías is scheduled to be arraigned on May 2.

Urías was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball after the charges were filed, and he did not pitch again for the Dodgers, who a month later were eliminated from the National League playoffs by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Urías became a free agent after the season. 

Should he hope to resume his career, Urías would likely face a significant suspension from Major League Baseball under its joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. MLB confirmed that its investigation into the matter is continuing. Past investigations typically do not conclude until pending legal matters are resolved. 

Urías served a 20-game suspension from MLB in 2019, after his arrest in May that year on a charge of domestic battery after an altercation with his girlfriend in the parking structure of a Los Angeles mall. He wasn’t prosecuted by the Los Angeles city attorney on the condition he complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program. No player has been suspended twice under MLB’s joint domestic violence policy.

TMZ first reported that Urías was charged with the misdemeanors.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Julio Urias charges: 5 misdemeanor domestic violence counts

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