The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not file felony charges against former Los Angeles Dodger and current free-agent pitcher Julio Urías, according to reporting from ESPN’s Alden González. The case will now be moved to the City Attorney’s office for possible misdemeanor charges.
Urías, 27, was placed on administrative leave by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in September following his arrest on felony domestic violence charges. It’s his second such suspension, having missed 20 games in 2019 after allegedly shoved his girlfriend to the ground outside a Los Angeles shopping mall. This time, an ESPN report at the time reported that Urías had a physical altercation with a woman outside of BMO Stadium in Los Angeles following a soccer match between Inter Miami and LAFC. Law enforcement, the report claimed, was in possession of cell-phone video capturing the altercation.
Urías did not appear again for the Dodgers after his start on Sept. 1, missing the team’s final 27 regular season contests and their NLDS sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks. MLB’s investigation remains ongoing, and Urías remains on administrative leave — essentially, a way to sideline players accused of violating the joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse while MLB investigates those allegations. (MLB’s investigations are conducted outside of any legal proceedings, and the CBA gives Manfred the latitude to discipline players even in the absence of any criminal charges or conviction.)
Urías became a free agent in November, having completed his sixth year of service time. But the Dodgers made clear he wasn’t part of the team’s future plans, acquiring righty Tyler Glasnow and signing Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto earlier this offseason.