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Manny Ramirez appears in court on domestic violence charges

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Manny Ramirez granted $2,500 bond
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ramirez is ordered 'not to have direct contact' with his wife, Juliana
  • She called 911 claiming the all-star baseball player hit her during an argument
  • Ramirez was arrested Monday at his home in Weston, Florida
  • He announced his retirement from Major League Baseball in April

(CNN) -- All-star slugger Manny Ramirez was ordered Tuesday to stay away from his wife after his first appearance in a Broward County courthouse on domestic violence charges.

Broward County officials took Ramirez, 39, into custody after responding to a 911 call from his wife Monday afternoon at their home in Weston, Florida.

Juliana Ramirez told the emergency operator, "My husband just hit me," according to an audio recording of the call, released Tuesday.

She later told police that her husband slapped her in the face, causing her to hit her head against the headboard of the bed after an argument, according to the police report.

Ramirez said he "grabbed his wife by the shoulders," and she subsequently hit her head on the headboard, according to the police report.

Juliana Ramirez suffered red swelling on the left side of her face and a small bump on the back of her head, injuries police documented as being consistent with her account of the altercation.

Ramirez was taken from the home and booked on one charge of touch/strike battery.

In court Tuesday morning, Judge John Hurley set bond at $2,500, but not before telling Ramirez that he could have "no direct contact with his wife," and ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from her, their home and her place of work.

The former Boston Red Sox star -- who hit 555 career home runs -- announced his retirement from Major League Baseball in April, rather than continue with the league's drug prevention and treatment program.

He was suspended in 2009 for 50 games after violating the league's drug policy.

CNN's Antoinette Campbell contributed to this report.