One Phillies Starter Has Been Arrested for Domestic Violence and MLB Acted Quickly

May 28, 2019 - 1:11 pm

Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested on Monday night after a report of a domestic violence incident, NBCSportsPhiladelphia first reported. Herrera has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball and he will be inactive for at least seven days.



The Phillies released a statement saying they "take any domestic violence accusation seriously."

The alleged incident, according to the police report, happened at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey and involved Herrera's 20-year-old girlfriend. Herrera has been released of custody.

The victim "had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute," according to the police report, per

Major League Baseball will likely suspend Herrera, under the league's domestic abuse policy.

"Addison Russell just got a 40 game suspension for a domestic violence offense," 94WIP Midday Show producer James Seltzer said on Tuesday. "And look, who knows what Major League Baseball does. I think it's going to be more interesting to see how the Phillies react to it, as well."

94WIP's Angelo Cataldi chimed in, saying the Phillies should release Herrera if the report is accurate.



Herrera, 27, has club options for the next two seasons. He's currently in the third year of his five-year, $30 million contract.

On the field, Herrera has been struggling mightily of late, essentially losing his starting job. Over the last 22 games, Herrera is hitting just .175/.257/.302 with no homers and nine RBI in 70 plate appearances. For the season, Herrera is hitting just .222. Five days ago, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler admitted on 94WIP that the team does not have an every day starting center fielder.

Scott Kingery will likely take over for Herrera in center field. Other guys, like the injured Roman Quinn and outfielder Nick Williams, could see more playing time as well.

The Phillies did not play on Monday, Memorial Day. They begin a three-game series at home on Tuesday against the Cardinals.