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MLB suspends Julio Urías for 20 games

MLB concludes their investigation, Urías has already served five games during his administrative leave last May

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Various news sites reported this afternoon that MLB has concluded their investigation into the incident involving left-handed pitcher Julio Urías today.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued his own statement about the suspension.

The Major League Players Association issued Julio Urías statement regarding his acceptance of the suspension.

The statement begins “Today I accepted a suspension from Major League Baseball and agreed not to exercise my right to appeal. It is important to me not to create uncertainty for my teammates as we approach the playoffs. Accepting the suspension is the best path to achieve that goal.”

Urías later says he accepts “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 Major League players should be held to a higher standard. I hold myself to a higher standard as well.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers issued this statement following the issuance of the suspension.

“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.”

The suspension will end on Monday September 2nd, the Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies for a Labor Day game that afternoon.

As for Urías, he will be able to work out and once he returns to the team, he will be eligible for postseason play.

The Dodgers also announced they have recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler from Oklahoma City to replace Urías on the active roster. This is the third time Sadler has been recalled from Oklahoma City since he was acquired by the Dodgers earlier this season. Sadler has been recalled a total of eight times this season between his time at Tampa and Los Angeles.

Eric Stephen recently wrote about Sadler and just how some players feel about the shuttle between the minor leagues and majors during the season.