NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman are reporting that Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was arrested on a charge of simple assault on Monday night in Atlantic City after an altercation with his 20-year-old girlfriend.
The incident, as detailed in the NBC Sports Philly piece, is disturbing.
The police report also says the victim “had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute.”
It is unclear as of this writing how the Phillies will respond to the news, although Major League Baseball has strengthened their domestic abuse policy over the last few years. If the Phils decide to suspend Herrera, who is in the third year of a five-year, $30 million contract, he would be placed on the restricted list.
We’ll have more updates on this story as they develop.
Major League Baseball has placed Odúbel Herrera on administrative leave, according to a source. League officials are investigating Monday’s domestic violence incident.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) May 28, 2019
Herrera will continue to be paid while on administrative leave, which can last for up to seven days. However, MLB can extend that leave if necessary. The team will be able to move him off the 25-man roster and bring up another player to take his place.
The Phillies have responded with a statement.
Booking photo and simple assault arrest affidavit for Obdubel Herrera. Atlantic City Police say alleged domestic incident with girlfriend happened inside hotel room. #Phillies #mlb @FOX29philly @TMZ_Sports pic.twitter.com/sYDlUDt0w8— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) May 28, 2019
The Phillies have made a corresponding move to replace Herrera on the 25-man roster.
Nick Williams, who was demoted last week to Triple-A, has been recalled. The team also officially announced Nick Pivetta had been recalled, Enyel de los Santos has been sent down to Lehigh Valley.
It’s likely Scott Kingery will continue to start in center field, and we also have an update on Roman Quinn’s progress from injury.
Nick Williams has been recalled from triple-A, ostensibly to take Odubel Herrera’s roster spot. Notable, too, that Roman Quinn is running the bases. Quinn has been on DL since late April.— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) May 28, 2019
Matt Klentak says they made sure Odubel Herrera was taken off of the All-Star Game ballot. #Phillies— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) May 28, 2019
Matt Klentak on Odubel Herrera: "Really at this stage, I don't have any more information than you guys do. If we get more information we'll share it." #Phillies— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) May 28, 2019
Matt Klentak said Odúbel Herrera apologized in a brief phone conversation. Klentak said the Phillies worked with MLB to have Herrera removed from All-Star balloting that began today.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) May 28, 2019
Has Odubel Herrera played his last game for #Phillies? Klentak said it’s “premature.” Team must wait for MLB to conclude its investigation and levy discipline before deciding on additional discipline.— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) May 28, 2019
“Domestic violence is unacceptable all the time, every time,” Gabe Kapler said. Kapler said “it’s deeply disturbing.” He started a foundation during his playing career to raise awareness about domestic violence.— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) May 28, 2019