Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías came into the 2023 season with a lot at stake as free agency loomed. But, a poor season and an arrest for domestic violence Sunday have all-but ruined his career.
News of the arrest for felony domestic violence broke early afternoon on the east coast.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urías was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence charges late last night, an officer with the LAPD tells ESPN.
Urias, 27, was booked late Sunday and released early this morning on $50,000 bond.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 4, 2023
The Dodgers released a statement of their own.
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 organization has no further comment at this time.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 4, 2023
It’s the second domestic violence arrest for Julio Urías, as he was booked on charges back in May 2019, undergoing a diversion program that kept the most severe penalties off the table.
But, that does not seem likely this time, as it’s been booked as a felony.
The arrest occurred near BMO Stadium, home of MLS Club Los Angeles FC. The club hosted Lionel Messi and Inter Miami last night in a highly-anticipated match. And, Julio Urías was one of the celebrities announced at the game.
The list of celebrities attending Lionel Messi’s game in LA tonight is wild 🤯
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) September 4, 2023
The LA Times is reporting the incident took place actually at the game.
From the LA Times:
The Julio Urias incident reportedly happened at the LAFC game last night pic.twitter.com/qwZMKeJE3Z
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHHarris) September 4, 2023
Julio Urías was at one point the best pitching prospect in baseball, and had finished in the top seven in the Cy Young voting the past two seasons. He was set up to command significant money in free agency, as all-star lefty starters don’t often hit the open market at 27 years old. But, he’s pitched to a 4.6 ERA and 94 ERA+ this year, which had already dampened the market prior to this arrest.