Phillies' Pitcher Brett Myers Arrested
BOSTON (AP) - June 23, 2006 -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting his wife on a downtown Boston street after two witnesses told police he hit her in the face.
Myers, 25, who was scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Red Sox, got in an argument with his wife at about 12:20 a.m. at the corner of Boylston and Dalton streets as the two were walking from a bar, according to David Procopio, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
"The evidence at this point leads us to believe the victim was struck in the left side of her face," said Procopio, adding that officers took photographs of her swollen cheek.
One of the witnesses also told investigators that Myers pulled his wife's hair. She refused treatment at the scene.
The pitcher pleaded not guilty to assault charges at an arraignment Friday morning in Boston Municipal Court, Procopio said.
Phillies spokesman Larry Shenk said that the club won't comment about the arrest or speculate about any potential team discipline for Myers until the matter has been resolved in court.
"Myers will pitch, as scheduled, (Saturday) afternoon against Boston," the Phillies said in a written statement.
Myers' wife, Kim Wickman, is 28. A player biography on Major League Baseball's Web site says they married in September of 2002 and the couple has a 3-year-old daughter.
Police responded to a 911 call and found Myers' wife crying, Procopio said. Officers found Myers nearby and he was arrested without incident, Procopio said.
Investigators are still trying to determine if Myers hit his wife with an open or closed fist and if he struck her more than once, Procopio said.
Myers was booked by Boston police and his wife posted his $200 bail. Procopio did not know how long Myers spent in jail.
Myers' next court date is Aug. 4. A judge ruled over the objections of prosecutors that he did not have to attend the hearing in person, Procopio said.
The conditions of Myers' bail included that he did not initiate contact with his wife and can only see her if she wants to see him. The judge also ruled that if Myers is arrested again while out on bail he can be sent to jail for up to 60 days.
Myers is a Jacksonville, Fla.-native who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 240 pounds.
The son of a fight promoter, he walked away from amateur boxing at age 13 to pursue baseball. Myers skipped college after the Phillies offered him a $2 million signing bonus as their top draft choice in 1999.
Pitching for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in June 2002, Myers touched off a bench-clearing brawl when he intentionally threw at a batter in retaliation for two teammates who had been beaned. Myers got a bloody nose, a five game suspension and a $500 fine.
Phillies coaches have said the hard-throwing Myers has matured. This season, he is 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA.
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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