Domestic violence charges against Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera were dropped Wednesday in New Jersey.
At a hearing in Atlantic City Municipal Court, prosecutor Kelley Blanchet said the case couldn’t go forward without the cooperation of the alleged victim, who declined to press charges.
Herrera was accused of domestic assault against his girlfriend on May 27 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Officers found the 20-year-old woman with “visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend,” police said at the time.
The police report said scratches and “handprint markings” were found on her neck.
Herrera, 27, was facing charges of simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury.
His girlfriend, Melany Martinez-Angulo told Judge Billie J. Moore through an interpreter that she didn’t want to press charges and hadn’t been pressured into that decision.
Moore dismissed the case contingent upon Herrera completing counseling. His attorney, Thomas Calcagni, said Herrera would take part in counseling for 60 more days.
Blanchet said prosecutors did not have enough evidence to pursue the case without the woman’s testimony.
The couple left the courthouse holding hands and declined to comment.
Herrera has been on MLB-issued administrative leave since the incident, last playing May 26.
Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported after the hearing that Herrera will remain on administrative leave through Friday. The domestic violence policy agreed to by the league and the players association allows the commissioner to enact a punishment whether or not a player has been convicted of a crime, and a ruling on Herrera’s status could come this weekend, according to the report.
Herrera played in 39 games before the incident, batting .222 with one homer and 16 RBIs. He was an All-Star in 2016 when he batted .286 with a career-high 25 stolen bases.
—Field Level Media