Former Dodger Julio Urías gets official ruling after misdemeanor assault charges

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Former Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was arrested on Sept. 3 last year on charges of felony domestic violence, after a bystander witnessed an altercation between him and a woman following an LAFC soccer match in Los Angeles. He posted bail and was released without contest the next day, but he was quickly placed on his second administrative leave by MLB on Sept. 6 for an indefinite amount of time.

The LA District Attorney's Office chose not to press charges, but the City Attorney did on April 9, with five counts — "one count of spousal battery, two counts of domestic battery involving a dating relationship, one count of false imprisonment and one count of assault."

Urías pleaded no contest to one of two counts of domestic battery and faced sentencing on Wednesday. He'll serve "36 months of probation, complete 30 days of community service, complete a year-long domestic violence counseling program, pay a fee to a domestic violence fund, pay restitution to the victim and abide by a protective order." The other four charges were dropped as part of his no contest plea agreement.

Former Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías received sentencing for September assault

Urías became a free agent at the end of the 2023 season, but was not active on the free agent market and received no contract offers. MLB is likely to go forward into conducting its own investigation, which will likely result in a third suspension from the game. He was still paid throughout his leave, but MLB can take back money paid if a suspension comes down.

Because most of the charges were dropped, Urías' sentencing was significantly lighter than the six months to 4 1/2 years in prison he could have faced if he had been found guilty of all five.

While more updates will come down if/when MLB pursues its own investigation, a return to the game at all seems unlikely.