Phillies’ Odubel Herrera arrested in domestic-violence case, put on leave

Philadelphia outfielder Odúbel Herrera was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by Major League Baseball, a day after his arrest in a domestic-violence case at an Atlantic City casino.

Herrera was arrested Monday night on an assault charge at the Golden Nugget Casino.

Police officers said they were called on a report of a domestic assault and found a 20-year-old woman “with visible signs of injury to her arms and neck,” which they said were caused by Herrera, whom they described as her boyfriend.

Herrera, 27, was released on a summons pending a municipal court date June 17.

The Phillies issued a statement Tuesday saying they support the joint agreement covering domestic violence, which became official in 2015. MLB will conduct an investigation.

“This morning we were made aware of an alleged incident involving Odúbel Herrera,” the statement read. “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.”

Herrera, an All-Star center fielder in 2016, is hitting .222 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 39 games this season. He missed time in April with a hamstring injury.

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler declined comment on specifics, citing MLB rules. They spoke to Herrera to inform him that he was being placed on leave. Klentak said Herrera apologized.

Kapler and his ex-wife started a foundation in the 2000s to support victims of domestic violence in Southern California.

“Domestic violence is unacceptable every time,” Kapler said.

Pineda on IL: The Twins put pitcher Michael Pineda on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis and promoted Devin Smeltzer to take his place in the rotation. Smeltzer made his major-league debut against Milwaukee.

Pineda gave up three runs and three hits to the Brewers on Monday night, striking out six without a walk. He left with a lead in a game the Twins lost 5-4. There was no sign of injury during or after the game.

Manager Rocco Baldelli said the decision was a preventative measure. The knee is the same one in which Pineda suffered a small tear in the meniscus in August. Pineda is 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA in 11 starts.

Yankees’ Paxton back: Yankees left-hander James Paxton will return from the injured list Wednesday to start against San Deigo rookie Chris Paddack.

Paxton confirmed Tuesday that he would be ready for the interleague matchup. He has been out with left knee inflammation since making his last start with New York on May 3.

He got a cortisone shot May 4 and has been testing the knee in extended spring training. Manager Aaron Boone says Paxton will have a limited pitch count, but a precise number hadn’t been set.

Paxton is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA in seven starts this season.

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