Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was arrested Wednesday morning at a Washington, D.C.-area hotel after a dispute with a woman, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Olivera was subsequently charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery, reports ABC 7’s Jeff Goldberg.
MLB announced it has placed Olivera on administrative leave, and begun an investigation.
“We are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations involving Hector Olivera,” the Braves said in a statement. “We will continue to gather information and we will address this matter appropriately as we determine the facts.”
According to the reports, a woman called police shortly before 7 a.m. to report she had been assaulted at the Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Va. The woman had bruises and was taken to a hospital, police said. Police said Olivera and the woman knew each other but did not specify the nature of their relationship.
The Braves are playing a four-game series in Washington against the Nationals this week. In Olivera’s place, the team has recalled infielder Daniel Castro from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Olivera, 31, signed with the Dodgers last spring after defecting from Cuba. He was acquired by the Braves in a trade in July.