FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — A misdemeanor domestic battery charge against former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez has been dismissed because his wife won’t cooperate in the investigation.

A spokesman for Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz said Friday that the office was unable to serve a subpoena on Ramirez’s wife Juliana, who was the alleged victim.

Ramirez had pleaded not guilty to slapping his wife in the Sept. 12 incident, in which she said her head struck a bed headboard in their Weston home.

Juliana had minor injuries; swelling on the side of her face and a contusion on the back of her head.

The 2004 World Series MVP with the Boston Red Sox is at spring training with the Oakland Athletics. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox.

Ramirez must sit out the first 50 games of this season because of a violation of the MLB drug policy.

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