Manny Ramirez ordered to stay away from his wife
(CBS/WFOR/AP) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez made his first court appearance Tuesday after authorities arrested him over a domestic dispute at his South Florida home and was ordered to have no direct contact with his wife.
Broward Circuit Judge Jon Hurley set bail at $2,500 on the domestic battery charge, but it wasn't immediately clear when Ramirez would leave Broward County Jail.
According to the arrest report, the 39-year-old Ramirez was arguing with his wife Juliana when he reportedly hit her with an open hand on the left side of her face, which caused her head on the headboard of the bed, reports CBS station WFOR.
"The victim advised she was afraid the situation might escalate fuller so she promptly called the police," said Hurley reading from the report, reports the station.
Ramirez allegedly admitted to police that he and his wife had an argument, but said he grabbed her by the shoulders and when he shrugged her, she hit her head.
Ramirez was taken out of his Weston home in handcuffs around 7 p.m., processed at the Davie jail and charged with one count of battery.
Juliana had minor injuries, which included, swelling on the side of her face and a contusion on the back of her head.
Ramirez retired in April from the Tampa Bay Rays after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy, the 12-time All-Star left the game.
Ramirez previously served a 50-game ban in 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Second-time offenders get double that penalty.
One of the games great sluggers, Ramirez was named MVP of the World Series in 2004 and helped Boston end an 86-year title drought.
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