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Julio Urías won’t face felony charges for September arrest

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Former Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías will not face felony charges for his September arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, according to a document filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Urías was arrested on September 3 outside of BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, and released on $50,000 bond. The document filed by the DA’s office Tuesday noted that Urías “pushed [her] against a fence and pulled her by the hair or shoulders,” per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday’s document also noted, “neither the Victim’s injuries nor the Defendant’s criminal history justify a felony filing,” per Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic.

Urías’ case now will be referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for possible misdemeanor charges. Alden González at ESPN has more on that.

Major League Baseball placed Urías on administrative leave on September 6 under the league’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy, and he missed the final 25 games of the regular season plus three postseason games. Players are paid while on administrative leave, though if suspended that time missed could retroactively be counted as time served, with the player repaying the salary already paid.

But any sort of MLB decision seems unlikely until the criminal investigation is concluded. The league’s domestic violence policy, which was collectively bargained by players and owners, does not require a criminal conviction or even a charge for a player to be suspended.

From the collective bargaining agreement:

A Player may be subjected to disciplinary action for just cause by the Commissioner for a violation of this Policy in the absence of a conviction or a plea of guilty to a crime involving a Covered Act.

If suspended, the free agent Urías would be the first player to be disciplined twice under the league’s domestic violence policy which began in 2015. Urías was also suspended 20 games in 2019.