The Padres will enter Spring Training camp with one less player returning from last year. Jose Torres has been placed on the restricted list by the team a day before it was revealed the pitcher was arrested in December on several charges from a domestic dispute.
Newly minted Padres beat reporter Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune broke the story this morning.
According to the probable cause statement contained in the court report, Torres knocked a door off its hinges and punched a hole in another door. He also pointed the gun at the victim, according to the report.
Among the charges Torres is facing include assault with a deadly weapon, intimidation, and criminal damage. A court date has been arranged for February 20th.
Given the state of current events regarding domestic violence, it’s hard to see any sort of outcome where Jose Torres remains with the team given the severity of the allegations. The Padres released Hector Olivera in 2016 after a “bad contract” swap with the Braves thanks to similar allegations levied at Olivera. MLB may also choose to suspend Torres for his off-the-field conduct; Olivera served an 82-game suspension without pay for his actions.
The placement of Torres on the restricted list frees a spot on the 40-man roster for a Padres team going into Spring Training with plenty of competition vying for a bullpen spot.