Phillies OF Herrera arrested in domestic case, put on leave

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera, right, steals second base past Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Keston Hiura during the second inning of a baseball game in May in Philadelphia.

ATLANTIC CITY — After waiving his first appearance Monday, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder David Odubel Herrera has a new court date early next month on domestic violence charges stemming from a May incident in the resort.

Herrera is scheduled to appear in municipal court 8:30 a.m. July 3.

The 27-year-old, who has been suspended from Major League Baseball, was arrested after an alleged dispute with his 20-year-old girlfriend May 27 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

When police arrived, officers said they found the woman speaking with security officers, with “visible signs of injury” on her arms and neck that police said she sustained during a dispute with her boyfriend, whom they identified as Herrera.

Herrera was located in his hotel room and arrested, police said. He was charged with simple assault and released on a summons.

Following his arrest, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Herrera had been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

MLB and the players’ association agreed to a domestic violence policy in 2015, giving Commissioner Rob Manfred the right to investigate and impose discipline. If discipline is warranted, a paid leave can be converted to a suspension without pay.

A Venezuela native, Herrera made his Major League debut with the Phillies in 2015. The center fielder was an All-Star in 2016.

He is represented by Gregory Mullens, a former Hudson County assistant prosecutor and a former right-handed pitcher for the New York Mets.

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