Dodgers News: MLB Investigation Into Julio Urías’ Arrest Could ‘Take Some Time’

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Julio Urías was placed on paid administrative leave last week by Major League Baseball, which put his future with the Los Angeles Dodgers in question.

Although the typical stay on administrative leave lasts for seven to 10 days, the league and MLB Players Association can jointly agree to extend it. Furthermore, MLB indicated in their announcement that Urías’ time on leave was indefinite from the get-go.

With less than one month remaining in the regular season as the Dodgers approach the playoffs, it’s likely he’s thrown his final pitch for the team.

Because of ongoing investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department and MLB into suspected felony domestic violence, the Dodgers can do nothing but wait out the process.

Manager Dave Roberts acknowledged as much and said his expectation is a resolution won’t quickly be reached, per Jack Harris of the L.A. Times:

Manager Dave Roberts said, “I don’t know enough yet” when asked if Urías’ situation could be resolved before the end of the regular season.

“Obviously these are very serious circumstances,” Roberts said. “I would expect it to take the time needed to make sure that the right actions are taken. So I don’t know how long it will take, but I think we’re expecting it to take some time.”

Urías is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2023 season.

Urías was previously arrested in May 2019 on suspicion of domestic battery for an incident at the Beverly Center. He was also put on administrative leave while MLB conducted their investigation.

L.A. prosecutors announced they would not press charges against Urías under the conditions he would participate in a City Attorney hearing, commit no acts of violence against anyone, and successfully participate in and complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program in person, and in a group setting.

Urías was suspended for 20 games, and did not return to the Dodgers until September of the 2019 season.

Will Julio Urías pitch for the Dodgers or in MLB again?

Following his arrest, Urías stands as a potential repeat offender of the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy that went into effect in 2015.

No player has been suspended twice for violating MLB’s joint domestic violence policy since its implementation.

Urías’ career is in serious doubt, not only with the Dodgers, but the league as a whole.

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