Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera was arrested Monday night in Atlantic City. The police report claims that Herrera was charged with domestic violence after injuring his 20-year old girlfriend. Herrera has been released from custody. Major League Baseball has placed him on administrative leave.
The Phillies released a statement just moments ago.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 28, 2019
“This morning we were made aware of an alleged incident involving Odúbel Herrera. Upon receiving this information, we immediately reported the incident to Major League Baseball, which has informed us that Herrera has been placed on Administrative Leave. The Phillies take any domestic violence accusation seriously, and strongly support the Joint Domestic Violence Policy agreed upon by the MLB and MLBPA.”
In the police report, the victim was said to have “visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute.” With Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy, the Phillies outfielder will likely be suspended.
Phillies’ outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested on a domestic chargehttps://t.co/nDdvfoLhsN
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) May 28, 2019
The attention also turns to the Phillies organization and its handling of this domestic abuse report. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler already has a troubled past handling domestic violence claims, as a Washington Post story detailed a 2015 incident involving minor league players that was not reported while Kapler was in the Dodgers’ front office.
Told of girl’s assault at spring training hotel, Gabe Kapler, Dodgers didn’t alert police https://t.co/JJIcDch1cy
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 2, 2019
Kapler responded to the Washington Post story, claiming that he was not made aware of any sexual assault allegations during the handling of the incident. Kapler is again faced with the responsibility of handling a domestic abuse incident, which will hopefully be handled better this time around.