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Manny Ramirez released from Florida jail on $2,500 bail in domestic violence case

Manny Ramirez arrested, accused of slapping wife
Manny Ramirez Broward County Sheriff's Dept.

(CBS/WFOR/AP) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez has made bail after authorities arrested him over a domestic dispute at his South Florida home and he was ordered to have no direct contact with his wife.

 Ramirez, 39, was released on $2,500 bail Tuesday after spending the night in the Broward County Jail and had little to say to a knot of waiting reporters. The baseball star could get up to a year in jail if convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

According to the arrest report, 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 to hit the headboard of the bed, reports CBS affiliate 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.

The Broward Sheriff's Office released a tape of the 911 call made by Ramirez's wife, from their sprawling home in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Weston.

"My husband just hit me," Juliana Ramirez says calmly on the tape.

When the dispatcher asks where she was struck, Juliana replies, "My face and my head, in the bed. I have a bump on my head."

The dispatcher then asks if Juliana has a safe room to get away from her husband.

"He's not doing anything anymore because he knows I'm calling the police," she says.

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 game's 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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