Dodgers LHP Urias reinstated

Field Level Media

May 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was activated from administrative leave Tuesday, eight days after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery.

News of Urias’ expected activation was reported Monday. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Kyle Garlick to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Urias was placed on administrative leave last Tuesday, a day after he was arrested following an alleged dispute with a female acquaintance in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area shopping mall.

Reports indicated that the woman went to the ground at some point during what was described as an argument, but both Urias and his female companion denied that a physical altercation took place. Urias reportedly spent the night in jail and was released on a $20,000 bond.

A report from TMZ Sports last week credited “multiple law enforcement sources” who indicated the case against Urias was “weak” based on the evidence, which was said to be security-camera footage of the incident.

Urias, 22, is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA this season, moving to the bullpen after four starts to open the season. The Dodgers are using him as a reliever for a stretch to maintain his innings count with a plan of making him a starter again later in the season.

Garlick, 27, made his MLB debut Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, lining out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the 8-3 win. He is batting .280 with 10 homers and 20 RBIs in 35 games with Oklahoma City this year.

After an off day Monday, the Dodgers open a two-game series Tuesday at Tampa Bay.