MLB, players' union extend Olivera's paid leave thru May 3

This booking photo provided by the Arlington County, Va., Police Department shows Atlanta Braves baseball outfielder Hector Olivera. Olivera was placed on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball after he was arrested when a woman accused him o
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NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera's paid administrative leave has been extended through May 3 in an agreement by Major League Baseball and the players' association.

Olivera was arrested on 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.

Under baseball's domestic violence policy, paid administrative leave is limited to seven days, but management and the union can extended that if both sides agree. The extension was first reported by Fox.

The 31-year-old Olivera defected from Cuba, agreed to a $62.5 million, six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last May and was traded to Atlanta on July 30.

Olivera continues to receive his $4 million salary while on leave.

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