MLB Notebook: Dodgers' Julio Urias placed on leave by MLB
Major League Baseball has placed Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias on administrative leave while it looks into his arrest in a domestic battery case.
MLB said in a statement that Urias' leave is effective Tuesday and can last up to seven days. In previous MLB investigations, the length of the administrative leave has frequently been extended while the probe continues. MLB and the players' association agreed to a domestic violence policy in 2015, giving the commissioner the right to investigate and impose discipline.
Los Angeles police arrested Urias on Monday for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery in the parking lot of a shopping mall. No details have been released.
Royals' top prospect gets big league shot
Nicky Lopez had just been benched for the second time in three days at Triple-A Omaha when he was called into manager Brian Poldberg's office and ordered to hand over his cell phone.
"That's odd," Lopez thought Monday night.
But everything made sense when his mother picked up on the other end, and Poldberg told both of them at the same time that the 24-year-old infielder was headed to the Kansas City Royals.
"That's when she started crying," Lopez said, "and I got a little emotional."
Lopez made the quick trip to Kansas City and immediately found his name in the starting lineup, the club's top prospect playing second base and batting second Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.
Lowrie hurts hamstring, delaying Mets debut
Infielder Jed Lowrie's debut for the New York Mets is being delayed because he strained his hamstring while in the minors to work his way back from an injured left knee.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Tuesday night's game at the Washington Nationals that Lowrie will head back to Florida and be reassessed in a couple of weeks.
Lowrie signed a $20 million, two-year contract as a free agent this offseason but felt pain in his left knee early in spring training and began the season on the injured list.
He's been playing at Triple-A Syracuse and the Mets were hoping to call him up this week. But the 35-year-old Lowrie had a setback with the hamstring over the weekend, and was seen by a doctor Monday.