Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday night in Atlantic City and charged with simple assault and released on a summons with a future court date. The alleged assault was on Herrera’s 20-year old girlfriend and took place at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.
The police report, obtained by NBC Sports Philadelphia, states that the victim had “visible signs of injury to her arms and neck.” The woman refused medical attention.
Major League Baseball has taken a harder stance toward domestic abuse. The league and player’s union have a joint domestic violence policy and Herrera has already been placed on “administrative leave,” pending a further investigation. It’s likely that the incident will result in a suspension for Herrera, much like a similar incident involving Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell did when he was suspended for 40 games without pay. The Phillies could also initiate their own penalties, but even under the stricter policies agreed to by the league and player’s union, penalties do not include voiding a player’s contract. Herrera is in the third year of a five-year, $30-million contract.
The Phillies issued a statement about the arrest, which stated:
“This morning we were made aware of an alleged incident involving Odubel 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 MLB and the MLBPA.”
Herrera, 27, was a National League All-Star in 2016 when he batted .286/.361/.420 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 159 games. Herrera has recently lost playing time in center field to Scott Kingery after going into a prolonged slump. On the season, Herrera is hitting .222 with one home run and 16 RBI in 39 games. Overall, Herrera is a career .276/.333/.423 hitter in 631 games with the Phillies. Herrera came to the Phillies in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft from the Texas Rangers organization.