Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday night after a report of domestic violence. The alleged incident involved his 20-year-old girlfriend and took place at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, according to a police report.
The police report also says the victim "had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute."
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Officials say she refused medical attention. Herrera was charged with simple assault and released on a summons. He's due back in court Monday, June 17. Herrera faces swift discipline under Major League Baseball's domestic abuse policy. If/when he is suspended, he would be placed on the restricted list.
The Phillies confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying that the team "immediately reported the incident to Major League Baseball" and adding that the league has placed Herrera on administrative leave.
Discipline lies in the hands of the commissioner under MLB's recently instituted joint domestic violence policy between the union and league. It is unclear where this is going, but a recent example involved Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who was suspended 40 games without pay. Punishment does not include a player's contract being voided.
Herrera, 27, is in the third year of a five-year, $30 million contract. The Phillies hold club options for the following two years.
Here is the full statement from the Phillies:
This morning we were made aware of an alleged incident involving Odúbel Herrera. Upon receiving this information, we immediately reported the incident to Major League Baseball, which has informed us that Herrera has been placed on Administrative Leave.
The Phillies take any domestic violence accusation seriously, and strongly support the Joint Domestic Violence Policy agreed upon by MLB and the MLBPA.
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