Former baseball star Dwight Gooden was arrested on Sunday for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face.

Gooden struck his live-in girlfriend, Monique Moore, during a fight at their Tampa apartment.

Gooden was released Monday without bail on a misdemeanour domestic battery charge.

Moore, who suffered bruises but refused treatment, didn't attend Monday's hearing.

According to police, Moore threw a telephone handset at Gooden retaliated by punching her in the face.

Gooden, who currently works in the New York Yankees' front office, recently divorced Monica Harris, his wife of 16 years.

At the time of the divorce, Moore was named as the other woman in Gooden's life. She was spotted wearing an engagement ring last summer. Gooden, though, testified in court that they had broken up.

This is not the first run-in with the law for Gooden, whose once promising career was ruined by drug and alcohol abuse.

Gooden, who was suspended by MLB twice for testing positive for drugs, retired from the game in 2001.

The 40-year-old Gooden started his career with the New York Mets, and in 1985 he was named the best pitcher in the National League, winning the Cy Young Award.

Gooden played 11 seasons with the Mets. He also spent time with the Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Gooden finished his career with a 194-112 record and a 3.51 earned-run average.