Prosecutors decline to charge Julio Urías

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Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was arrested on May 13 on suspicion of domestic battery and placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball the next day. A week later he was reinstated from administrative leave. Yesterday, the L.A. Times reports, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office announced that it would not file charges against him.

The city attorney said it was deferring prosecution for 52 weeks, pending Urías’ good behavior, because Urias has no record of criminal behavior, the incident did not result in any physical injury, and the woman involved in the altercation did not suggest to either police officers or witnesses that she believed she was a victim. A witness to the altercation called 911.

It remains to be seen if Urías will face any discipline from Major League Baseball. While a criminal prosecution or even an arrest is not required for MLB to act, in the past the league has kept players on administrative leave until it has finished its investigation and leveled a penalty. That Urías has resumed pitching for the Dodgers suggests that he will not be disciplined, though it in no way ensures that.

Phils’ Hoskins tears knee, expected to miss significant time

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.

Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.

He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.

Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.

The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.