MIAMI- Former All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez was formally charged Friday with misdemeanor domestic violence/battery after allegedly hitting his wife during a dispute, NBC Miami reported.

Despite proclaiming shortly after his Sept. 12 arrest that the case against him would be closed, the 39-year-old Ramirez was charged by the Broward County State Attorney's Office.

Ramirez, who remains free on a $2,500 bond, was ordered by a judge to stay away from his wife, Juliana Ramirez, who told police he hit her with an open hand during an argument at their home near Miami.

Juliana Ramirez claimed the blow caused her to hit her head on the headboard of the couple's bed, and reportedly showed injuries consistent with her story.

Ramirez was taken away from the house in handcuffs and spent the night in jail.

He retired from baseball earlier this year, leaving the Tampa Bay Rays after just five games following a second positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Had he not retired, Ramirez would have been suspended for 100 games.

Ramirez was the 2004 World Series MVP after helping the Boston Red Sox to their first title since 1918. The career .312 hitter made 12 All-Star teams, and hit 555 home runs during his 19 seasons.

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