The dismal season of the Atlanta Braves became even worse on Thursday when Hector Olivera an outfielder was handed an 82-game suspension that will keep him sidelined through August 1 after being arrested on charges of domestic violence.
The suspension was announced by Rob Manfred the MLB Commissioner. Olivera will not be paid for the 82 games and his suspension is retroactive back to April 30. He is not going to appeal the League’s suspension, said the Players Association on Thursday in a prepared statement.
Olivera was arrested at a hotel on April 13 outside of Washington D.C. and charged with the assault and battery of a female. The team placed him on leave immediately.
After agreeing with the report filed by police in Arlington, Virginia, the commissioner’s office completed its own investigation and concluded that Olivera had been responsible for the visible bruises found on the body of the woman.
A spokesperson for the police said at that time that Olivera was acquainted with the woman.
Atlanta took a big blow by losing Olivera. The Braves have the second worst MLB record and are dead last in home runs, runs batted in and runs scored.
Olivera is still owed by Atlanta more than $28 million through a contract of $47 million that runs until the end of the 2020 season. The rest of the contract is being paid by the Dodgers.
Manfred’s office announced that Olivera can participate in an extended spring training during his suspension then a rehab assignment that cannot start before July 15.
Olivera becomes the third MLB player that has been penalized under the domestic violence policy of Major League Baseball.
Atlanta said through a prepared statement that they supported the league’s decision and will have no more comment on the matter.
The Braves front office had projected that Olivera would be their third baseman for the future.
Olivera defected from Cuba and made his debut in the majors September 1 of last year. Atlanta shifted him from third to the outfield during spring training.