Erisbel Arruebarrena is back.
The minor league shortstop, whom the Dodgers suspended for the remainder of the season in May, appealed his suspension to MLB. Arruebarrena and the Dodgers settled before the appeal reached a hearing phase, and his suspension was reduced to 30 days.
The 30 days are expiring this week, and Arruebarrena will report to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.
News of the reduced suspension was first reported by NBCsports.com.
SAN FRANCISCO — Remember the good old days, when the Dodgers had the best offense of any club in a generation, averaging five runs a game?
They still are averaging five a game, remarkably. You wonder where that team was the last few days. Thursday, Madison Bumgarner piled on to Clayton Kershaw’s season-long misery by hitting a home run, something the Dodgers forgot how to do while getting swept at AT&T Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Erisbel Arruebarrena — remember him? — won’t be seen in a Dodgers uniform again this year.
I’ll post some quarter-pole-of-the-season thoughts here in a bit.
Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended for the entire 2015 season on Thursday. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers suspended minor league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena
for the remainder of the 2015 season Thursday, further diminishing his already faded role in the organization.
A team spokesperson said only that Arruebarrena was suspended “for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”
Arruebarrena had not played for a Dodgers affiliate this season after being assigned to the club’s extended spring training camp in Glendale, Arizona. The 24-year-old from Cuba was initially designated for assignment in December but went unclaimed on waivers. He was not invited to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.
Initially signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract out of Cuba in October 2013, Arruebarrena made 22 appearances for the Dodgers last season, mostly as a defensive substitute. He collected eight hits and 17 strikeouts in 41 at-bats, a .195 average.
Law enforcement records do not show Arruebarrena ran afoul of the law while in Arizona. That would indicate that Arruebarrena’s alleged contractual violations were confined to his on-field behavior, or the lack thereof.