Braves Outfielder Hector Olivera Suspended Through August 1st

NEW YORK (AP) – Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has accepted a suspension without pay through Aug. 1 for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced the suspension Thursday, saying it is retroactive to April 30 and covers 82 games. Major League Baseball said Olivera will not appeal and that he may participate in extended spring training activities during the remainder of the suspension, followed by a rehabilitation assignment beginning no sooner than July 15.

The 31-year-old Olivera was arrested April 13 and charged assaulting a woman at a hotel outside Washington, D.C. He was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, and bond was set at $10,000.

Officers were called to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, where a woman with visible bruises reported that Olivera had assaulted her, Arlington Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said at the time. Savage said Olivera and the woman were acquainted.

Olivera is on leave while his court case plays out. The Braves still owe the Cuban defector nearly $30 million for the next four years under the deal he signed with Los Angeles. In six games this season, he hit .211 with two RBIs.

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