MLB bans Dodgers' Urias 20 games in domestic violence incident

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, seen here in an August 9 Major League Baseball game, has been banned 20 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy (AFP Photo/Harry How)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias has accepted a 20-game suspension in connection with a May incident in which he shoved a woman, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Saturday.

The suspension will include the five games that left-hander Urias missed when he was placed on seven-day administrative leave immediately after the incident.

Urias, 23, was detained on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery after an incident in the car park of a Los Angeles shopping mall, with witnesses telling police they saw him shove a woman.

Los Angeles prosecutors said in June he would not be charged if he completed a 52-week domestic counseling program and commited no acts of violence for a year.

Manfred said MLB's investigation into the incident found that even though he didn't face criminal charges Urias violated MLB's domestic violence policy.

"Mr. Urias cooperated fully with my office's investigation," Manfred said. "Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Urias violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate."

The Dodgers also issued a statement on the suspension.

"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," the team said.