On Wednesday, news broke that Julio Urías was being placed on paid administrative leave in wake of his arrest on Sunday. The Los Angeles Dodgers responded with two announcements of their own after playing the waiting game with Major League Baseball.
Manager Dave Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said all they could on Urías without revealing much given how the situation had yet to develop. Urías was released on $50,000 bail Sunday after being taken in on suspicion of felony domestic violence.
Much like the Trevor Bauer situation from 2021 (that leaked into 2022), the Dodgers were once again put in a terrible spot to answer for the alleged horrid acts of their players. Then again, the team has been no stranger to this since 2015 (when it all began with Alex Verdugo), and this is the second such incident Urías has been implicated in (he was suspended for 20 games in 2019 under the league's joint domestic violence policy).
Details are scarce and police are limiting the info being released about Urías' arrest, but this very much has a Bauer-esque feel to it. Urías, who will be a free agent in November, has likely thrown his last pitch for the Dodgers, and there's a chance his future could be in jeopardy pending the police and league investigations.
The Dodgers are now conditioned to act swiftly rather than carefully because of all the damage control they've been forced to conduct over the last eight years.
Dodgers canceling Julio Urías bobblehead night shows writing is on the wall
Not only did the Dodgers release a statement immediately after MLB made its decision, but they also canceled Urías' bobblehead night on Sept. 21 at Dodger Stadium. That also happened to Bauer in 2021 before the league hit him with the largest non-lifetime suspension in history.
The Dodgers will now give away "select premium bobbleheads" to the first 30,000 fans in attendance on the 21st prior to the team's series opener against the San Francisco Giants.
The expected timeline of all this suggested Urías was done for the season, but the Dodgers canceling his bobblehead night laid the groundwork to eventually confirm the pitcher won't be playing for the team again in 2023 (or ever again).
Urías has a court date set for Sept. 27. Much like the rest of domestic violence/assault cases, the investigations tend to take a while due to the lack of definitive evidence required to charge the alleged perpetrator. Bauer's case took 18 months to bring about some sort of conclusion.
History very much appears to be repeating itself, and it doesn't appear as if it will end well for Urías.