MLB is expected to investigate the arrest of Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna following an alleged domestic violence incident, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported.
Ozuna was arrested Saturday in Sandy Springs, Ga., an Atlanta suburb. He was booked into Fulton County Jail and charged with aggravated assault strangulation and battery-family violence, according to jail records. The aggravated assault charge is a felony; the family violence charge is a misdemeanor and is listed as a first offense.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Ozuna was being held without bond. There was no information about bond or an initial court hearing. No details of the alleged incident were immediately released.
The Braves said in a statement Saturday night that they informed the commissioner’s office of the arrest.
“The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence which stresses to the fullest that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form,” the team said in its statement. “Until the investigation is completed, we will have no further comment and all inquiries into the matter should be referred to the Office of the Commissioner.”
MLB had not commented as of late Saturday night.
An MLB investigation would attempt to determine whether Ozuna violated its joint domestic violence policy with the players association. Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to suspend Ozuna if he determines a violation occurred.
Penalties vary based on the circumstances of each case. The last player to be suspended under the policy, free-agent pitcher Sam Dyson, was banned for the entire 2021 season. Yankees pitcher Domingo German was suspended for 81 games in January 2020. The Dodgers’ Julio Urias was suspended for 20 games in August 2019.
Ozuna, 30, returned to the Atlanta area during the week after being injured in a game Tuesday vs. the Red Sox in Boston. He fractured the ring and middle fingers of his left hand while making a head-first slide. The Braves said the injury was expected to sideline him for at least six weeks.
The Braves re-signed Ozuna in the offseason to a four-year, $65 million contract. The pact also includes a $15 million club option for a fifth season.
Ozuna’s wife, Genesis, was arrested and charged with domestic battery against her husband one year ago Saturday. The Miami Herald reported that Marcell Ozuna reported the incident to police in Doral, Fla., after his wife allegedly threw a soap dish at him during an argument in May 2020, striking him in the head. Police said the couple exchanged blows during the lengthy dispute.
Genesis Ozuna pleaded not guilty and was ordered to stay away from her husband, according to court records obtained by the Herald.