Dodgers southpaw Julio Urías will serve a 20-game suspension, according to an official statement from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Saturday. The suspension falls under the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy, which Urías violated following an alleged incident of domestic battery back in May. Urías will not seek an appeal for the suspension, per MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
Following the incident and subsequent arrest, Urías was placed on administrative leave in late May as MLB conducted a week-long investigation. In June, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office declined to file charges against the 23-year-old. While it was unclear whether MLB or the Dodgers intended to pursue discipline on their own terms, it seems they’ve finally settled on what they feel is an appropriate consequence.
Only 15 of the 20 games will be served at this time, Gurnick notes, as Urías already missed five games with the club during his administrative leave earlier in the season. Right-hander Casey Sadler will replace the lefty on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster for the time being.
Both Manfred and the Dodgers issued statements on Saturday. From Manfred:
My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Julio Urías violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Mr. Urías cooperated fully with my office’s investigation. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Urías violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.
From the team:
While we are disappointed in what occurred and support the decision by the Commissioner’s Office, we are also encouraged that Julio has taken responsibility for his actions and believe he will take the necessary steps to learn from this incident.
Urías will be eligible to rejoin the club on September 2.
Bobby Jenks was a key part of the 2005 world champion White Sox. By 2010, his effectiveness as a closer fell off and he signed with the Boston Red Sox for the 2011 season. He’d pitch in only 19 games that year, suffer a back injury and would never pitch again.
In the year or so after that, we heard that Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence. And then we heard that his back surgery was botched, and his baseball career was over. Then, after years of silence, we learned last spring that Jenks won $5.1 million in a medical malpractice suit against the doctor who performed his surgery.
We did not, however, know all the details until Bobby Jenks wrote about them at the Players’ Tribune this morning. This is must-click link stuff, folks.
Jenks talks about how a seemingly innocuous pitch to Jorge Posada in an early-season Red Sox-Yankees game in 2011 was the last pitch he’d ever throw. He talks about the presumably simple surgery that would supposedly get him back on the field. And then the scary complications in which he almost died due to leaking spinal fluid resulting from the botched surgery. Then, after using painkillers to deal with back pain, Jenks’ fell into drug addiction, all of which culminated in him finding himself half-naked and crazed in a car that didn’t belong to him with police and rescue workers surrounding him.
Jenks got clean but his wife left him. And then he mounted a multi-year lawsuit during which he learned that the reason his back surgery was screwed up was because the surgeon was performing two surgeries at one time, which is an apparently common practice called “concurrent surgery,” that sounds like it totally should NOT be a common practice.
Yet Jenks has survived. He’s been sober for over seven years and he seems to be in a good place. But boy did he have to go through something harrowing to get there. Definitely take the time to read it.