Manny Ramirez formally charged

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida prosecutors have formally charged former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez with domestic violence.

The Broward State Attorney's office filed the misdemeanor charge Thursday.

The 39-year-old retired slugger was arrested Sept. 12 after his wife told deputies Ramirez slapped her in the face, which caused her to hit her head on the headboard. Authorities say Ramirez denied hitting his wife.

Ramirez was named MVP of the 2004 World Series, where he helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year title drought. He retired in April from the Tampa Bay Rays rather than face a 100-game suspension after testing positive a second time for a performance-enhancing substance.

Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com last week that he will formally request reinstatement by MLB, a move he decided on after learning he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he's on MLB's inactive list. Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB's drug policy. Ramirez can't serve his suspension until he signs with a major league club.

Ramirez is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Oct. 14.

A telephone message left for Ramirez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Information from ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick and The Associated Press was used in this report.