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Hector Olivera’s administrative leave extended by two weeks

Hector Olivera

Atlanta Braves’ Hector Olivera heads to first base after hitting a double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was arrested in Virginia last week on domestic violence charges. Per baseball’s domestic violence policy, he was placed on paid administrative leave for one week while the league investigates the claims. As that week is just about up, the MLBPA and the league have agreed to extended his administrative leave for two more weeks.

This is much like what has happened in the Jose Reyes case, though that agreed leave is far longer for him. It’s likely, given how these investigations are proceeding -- baseball seems to be waiting to follow on law enforcement’s actions to some degree -- that the one-week period mentioned in the policy may be altered at some point in the future.

Because, really, if baseball is not prepared to act in any cases in a short period of time, there’s really no point in the one-week leave. The central problem baseball was likely concerned about -- the optics of an under-investigation player appearing in uniform and on the field -- is likely to be inevitable barring a change.