Dodgers: Julio Urias Set to Rejoin the Dodgers in Tampa Bay
Today, Julio Urias is reportedly going to be taken off administrative leave for the Dodgers. The situation should become more clear when an official announcement is made.
Update: The Dodgers have officially announced that Julio Urias has been reinstated. Kyle Garlick was optioned to AAA as the corresponding move.
Julio Urias is going to be taken off administrative leave today according to reports. The move could be good news for the Dodgers if it is announced that Julio did not harm the woman involved in the incident. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean Julio will not face punishment, he is just being taken off administrative leave.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan followed up the report by stating that MLB was unable to obtain the video footage showing exactly what occurred. Due to this, the investigation is still ongoing but Julio is set to rejoin the team in Tampa Bay. It’s important to note that by MLB rules the Dodgers can not punish Urias on their own, or keep him from rejoining the team.
According to MLB’s bargaining agreement, a player may be placed on administrative leave for up to seven days. The leave can be extended for up to an additional seven days. Any discipline that is handed out to the player usually happens immediately following the period of administrative leave. Meaning if Julio is going to face any type of punishment, it should be announced in the near future.
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On May 14th, MLB placed Julio on administrative leave while they conducted an investigation into the domestic violence incident. As expected, there were no comments from the Dodgers or any of the staff as little was known about what occurred. Once the findings of the investigation are released, there will likely be another statement from the Dodgers.
If Urias is free of any wrongdoing, the Dodgers will gladly welcome him back onto the roster. Prior to his leave, Julio was fulfilling a hybrid setup reliever/multi-inning relief role similar to the role Josh Hader fills in Milwaukee. The Dodgers will continue to utilize Julio’s talents out of the bullpen until they are able to insert him into the rotation without ant restrictions for the rest of the season.
Hopefully, Julio learns from this and tries to avoid any more publicity of the wrong type. Not only is it a bad look for Julio but it is also a bad look for the Dodgers and Major League Baseball to make the headlines for the wrong reasons like this.