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Hector Olivera to be formally charged with assault and battery, per report

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It appears that the wait for charges has been a mere technicality as Hector Olivera will be formally charged

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The wait for Hector Olivera to actually be charged in the case that broke this morning has led to some interesting speculation whether the witness/victim was cooperating. Given that the police investigations/charges against MLB players Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes were dropped before the commissioner's office could act in addition to the amount of money involved makes building a case in these situations far from easy.

However, it does appear as though, for the moment, Hector Olivera will be formally charged this afternoon

One cannot read to much in to the felony/misdemeanor distinction in these cases this early. In many cases, its easier to prove misdemeanor charges and after charges are filed they can always be amended if the facts of the case warrant it.

Suffice it to say that while charges are going to be filed, that still doesn't mean that Olivera is guilty of a crime and at the time of this writing, its unclear what the maximum penalties for the charges he will be facing in the state of Virginia but would likely be a maximum of one year in prison and probably some fines.

That being said, Major League Baseball has made it clear that the presence of a conviction or even a formal investigation is not required for MLB to issue a suspension. In short, this is far from over.