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Dodgers Pitcher Julio Urías Arrested Near Los Angeles Stadium Where Messi Was Playing MLS Game

Dodgers Pitcher Julio Urías Arrested Near Los Angeles Stadium Where Messi Was Playing MLS Game

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2023. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

9/5/2023

Updated: 9/5/2023

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was arrested near BMO Stadium, where Lionel Messi was playing in a Major League Soccer game with numerous celebrities in attendance.
Exposition Park public safety said its officers arrested Mr. Urías at about 11 p.m. on Sunday inside the park, which is home to the stadium. The department would not immediately disclose what charges Mr. Urías was arrested on, but said it would release more details Monday.
Mr. Urías posted $50,000 bail and was released shortly before 5 a.m. on Monday, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking records. He is due in court Sept. 27.
Major League Baseball intends to investigate.
The 27-year-old Mexican-born pitcher was arrested in May 2019 for domestic battery. Mr. Urías was suspended 20 games by MLB, but he wasn’t prosecuted by the Los Angeles city attorney on the condition he complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program.
The NL West-leading Dodgers were traveling Monday to Miami where they open a six-game road trip Tuesday against the Marlins. Mr. Urías had been set to make his next start Thursday in the series finale.
“We are aware of an incident involving Julio Urías. While we attempt to learn all the facts, he will not be traveling with the team,” the Dodgers said in a statement.
The club declined further comment.
Mr. Urías is 11–8 with a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts this season and is set to become a free agent after the World Series. He is pitching on a $14.25 million, one-year contract in his final season of salary arbitration eligibility.
Mr. Urías helped the Dodgers win the World Series during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 23 postseason innings. He earned the save in the clinching Game 6 against Tampa Bay.
The left-hander led the majors in wins in 2021, when he was 20–3 with a 2.96 ERA. He finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year after going 17–7 with an NL-best 2.16 ERA.
By Beth Harris
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