(AP) — Atlanta Braves
star Marcell Ozuna was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated assault
by strangulation and battery after police
said they saw him assault his wife.
According to a statement released by the Sandy Springs Police Department in Georgia
, officers responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon and entered a home where the front door was open and screaming
could be heard from inside.
Officers saw Ozuna grab his wife's neck and throw her against a wall, according to the statement.
“In addition to the strangulation attempts, the suspect struck the victim with his arm, which was in a cast due to a previous injury
,” according to the statement.
According to the police report, “the victim did have visible injuries but was not transported to the hospital.”
An apparent photo of Ozuna's arrest was posted on Twitter
by a user. Sandy Springs is an Atlanta suburb.
Major League Baseball
's Department of Investigations intends to investigate the incident in accordance with the league's and players' union's joint domestic violence
“We learned of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest earlier this evening and immediately notified the Commissioner’s Office,” the Braves said in a statement. “The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, which emphasizes to the fullest that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form.
The Braves placed Ozuna on the injured list on Friday with two dislocated fingers on his left hand, and he's wearing a bright yellow cast in the photo circulating of his apparent arrest.
Atlanta is in New York this weekend for a series against the Mets, which they lost 13-2 on Saturday night, and manager Brian Snitker said he found out about the arrest after the game.
“The Braves have made a statement, and that is all I know,” Snitker said.
Ozuna re-signed with the Braves in February on a four-year, $65 million contract after a standout first season in 2020.
He batted.338, led the National League with 18 home runs, and finished sixth in the NL MVP voting
, becoming a fan favorite with his colorful celebrations, which included mimed selfies after home runs.
The Dominican outfielder got along well with his young teammates Ronald Acua Jr.
and Ozzie Albies, and he was a driving force behind the club's pot-stirring hand gesture, which players used to celebrate big hits.
Ozuna is in his ninth major league season, having spent his first five with the Miami
Marlins, where he was an All-Star in 2016 and 2017, before moving
on to the St. Louis
Cardinals for two years. He is a.273 career hitter with 173 home runs and 620 RBIs.
Genesis Ozuna, Ozuna's wife, was arrested in Miami a year ago Saturday on a domestic violence charge.
If you need assistance, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).