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Denver police investigating allegations against Vicente Padilla [Update]

May 29, 2010 |  3:20 pm

Denver police have said allegations of domestic violence against Dodgers opening day starter Vicente Padilla are unfounded and he will not be arrested or charged in an early morning incident.

CBS4 in Denver reported that police were called to the Ritz-Carlton at 3:51 a.m. on Saturday in regards to the allegations against Padilla.

Police said in an afternoon news conference that the pitcher has been cooperating with the investigation and that there is no evidence of wrongdoing on his part. Padilla was never taken into custody during the process.

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said in an e-mail that the ball club is aware of the situation, but declined to comment further because it is a pending legal matter.

Padilla had an unsavory reputation when he signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in August. He was described by teammates and coaches as a model citizen during the Dodgers’ run to the National League Championship Series, and was re-signed in the off-season to a one-year, $5.025-million deal.

Padilla made news over the winter when he was shot in the leg by a friend at a shooting range in his native Nicaragua.

The 32-year-old has been on the disabled list since April 23 with a sore right forearm. He has been throwing regular bullpen sessions and pitched three innings in a simulated game on Saturday at Coors Field.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Dodgers starting pitcher Vicente Padilla works against the Florida Marlins on April 10, his second and last start of the season. Credit: Steve Mitchell / US Presswire