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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Police have arrested Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera after a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington.


Police in Arlington, Virginia, said a woman at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City called them at 6:51 a.m. ET. When police arrived, they found a woman with visible bruises claiming she had been assaulted by Olivera.


Olivera, who is waiting to appear before a magistrate, was taken into custody but has not been formally charged. The woman was taken to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.


Police said Olivera and the woman know each other, but do not know the nature of their relationship.


"We are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations involving Hector Olivera," the Braves said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "We will continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately as we determine the facts."


Major League Baseball has placed Olivera on administrative leave, effective immediately.


The 31-year-old Olivera joined the Braves last July as part of a three-team trade with the Dodgers. He spent the early part of his career in Cuba before defecting.


The Braves, who are are in Washington for a series against the Nationals, have recalled infielder Daniel Castro from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Olivera's spot on the roster while he is on leave.


Olivera has appeared in six games this season, batting .211 with two RBIs in 19 at-bats.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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Usually baseball is a really low key sport.

Naw, baseball has a huge history with domestic violence. Shit, Miggy was arrested not long after we traded him for it. And definitely not just with the Hispanic players.


It's just that in years past, it would be a little blurb (if that) in the news with no action by the league or team. More or less, no one cared if you hit your wife as long as you were good enough to be on a roster. Absolute tons of stories past couple decades of a player being arrested for domestic abuse and starting the next day


Thankfully it's changed because of what happened in the NFL, specifically with people seeing the Ray Rice video and being able to actually have an image in their head of what it means.



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What's interesting is that it seems like it's not just Hispanic players but specifically Cuban players who are the troublemakers. It seems like most Cuban players have either been accused of some crime or are building reputations for being flashy and obnoxious.


Aside from the instances of violence, it doesn't bother me too much. Just observing. 



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