Arruebarrena won't be with the Dodgers any time soon, as J.P. Hoornstra is reporting.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dodgers?src=hash">#Dodgers</a> say they have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of this season "for repeated failures to comply with his contract."</p>— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) <a href="https://twitter.com/jphoornstra/status/601511611749298176">May 21, 2015</a></blockquote>
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It's still unclear what those failures are, but it was serious enough to justify his suspension, and loss of $3 million.
After a successful 2014 minor league season for Erisbel Arruebarrena, this year had not gotten off to a good start. He finished last season with the big league club, but was most successful in AAA where he hit .333/.400/.452 with a wRC+ of 123. He was starting to look like yet another young Dodgers infield prospect, but the 2015 season has yet to start for Arruebarrena, and is now further in doubt.
According to Andrew Friedman, Arruebarrena has been placed on the suspended list for "disciplinary reasons" and for the moment are calling it an internal matter. It appears that he hasn't broken any MLB league-wide rules, but rather something specific to the Dodgers. It's unclear at this time how long Arruebarrena will be suspended for, or if the reasons behind it will become known.
While this news seemingly comes out of nowhere, it's not all too surprising to hear. Arruebarrena was famously at the center of a major brawl in the minor leagues last year.
He was subsequently suspended and sent down to AA.
The Dodgers signed Arruebarrena to a five-year deal worth $25 million in February of last year, but have yet to see any return on that investment. They already have a logjam for playing time, and it's difficult to see what his future with the team is at this point. This is at least the second time in less than a year that the Dodgers have been upset with his maturity level, and patience may be growing thin.