Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera has been suspended 85 games, including the 2019 postseason, by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.
Herrera had a domestic charge against him dismissed on Wednesday in a New Jersey courthouse, but Major League Baseball continued to investigate the incident independently.
The outfielder was charged with simple assault in May after allegedly attacking his 20-year-old girlfriend at Atlantic City's Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.
Herrera's girlfriend said in court on Wednesday that she didn't want to proceed with charges against her boyfriend.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement regarding the discipline:
“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Odúbel Herrera violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Herrera violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover the remainder of the 2019 season.”
Herrera has agreed to not appeal, and will participate in a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program.
The 85-game suspension is retroactive to June 24, which means the 85 games will cover the remainder of the 2019 regular season.
The Phillies also released a statement:
“The Phillies fully support the decision by the Commissioner’s Office to suspend Odúbel Herrera for violating MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence Policy. All instances of domestic violence and abuse are abhorrent and unacceptable, and we unequivocally support Baseball's collective efforts to prevent domestic abuse. We are encouraged by Odúbel’s acceptance of his discipline as an indication of his willingness to learn from this and change his behavior appropriately.”