11:34am: Herrera has been placed on administrative leave, Gelb tweets.
10:49am: Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested last night in Atlantic City, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. He was released after being charged with simple assault relating to a domestic violence incident, Matt Gelb of The Athletic adds on Twitter.
Herrera is said to have been arrested after an incident involving a 20-year-old woman believed to be his girlfriend. She “had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck” due to the alleged assault, according to the police report obtained by Gelb.
It is disturbing and disheartening to learn of another alleged perpetration of domestic violence from a MLB player. Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was arrested recently and is also facing criminal charges. Numerous other players have been suspended in recent years under the MLB-MLBPA joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy.
Given the reported facts, it seems all but certain that Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will exercise his authority to place the 27-year-old Herrera on administrative leave. The policy authorizes the commissioner to place players on paid leave for one week at a time during the pendency of an investigation.
The Phillies had an off day yesterday and are scheduled to begin a home series today. If Herrera is placed on administrative leave, the club would be able to bring up a replacement player this evening.
Where things go from that point remains to be seen. In situations in which the league has been able to acquire evidence to support the possibility of an action that violates the policy, it has applied successive leave periods to keep a player out of action while final punishment is assessed. But that is not always the course. Urias was reinstated one week after his arrest while the league continues its investigation.