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 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 11:23 pm
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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has suspended Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna through Aug. 4 under the league’s domestic violence policy.
MLB announced the suspension – which is retroactive to May 8 and will cover a total of 75 games – in a release on Friday. The league says Osuna has agreed not to appeal the suspension and he will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the joint policy board of MLB and the players’ association.
The 23-year-old Osuna is facing an assault charge and had been on paid administrative leave by MLB since being arrested last month.


The Blue Jays said in a statement that they “support the decision by the Commissioner’s Office.”
Osuna appeared in 15 games (15 1/3 innings) for Toronto this season, allowing 16 hits, five runs and one walk while earning nine saves. He has not pitched since May 6, two days before he was put on administrative leave.
He is 8-13 with a 2.87 earned-run average and 104 saves in his four-season career with the Blue Jays.
Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays regarding Roberto Osuna pic.twitter.com/Utmt48QSqL
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 22, 2018
Osuna’s lawyer, Domenic Basile, said in court Monday that Osuna intends to plead not guilty to the assault charge.
Osuna’s case is scheduled to return to court July 9.
Osuna will lose about $2.54 million of his $5.3 million salary.
With files from The Associated Press
Osuna’s suspension of 75 games retroactive to May 8, 2018 means he’s eligible to return August 4, 2018.@globalnewsto
— Megan Robinson (@RobinsonMegan) June 22, 2018
The next hearing in a Toronto court for Osuna's case is scheduled for July 9, 2018 at 2pm. His lawyer said he'll meet with the crown for pre-trial conferences prior to July 9.
— Megan Robinson (@RobinsonMegan) June 22, 2018

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TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays plan to re-integrate Roberto Osuna when he’s eligible to return Aug. 5, once the all-star closer has finished serving a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence policy.
While legal proceedings against Osuna following his May 8 arrest in connection with the assault of a woman are ongoing, he’s next due in court July 9, and general manager Ross Atkins spoke Friday of the 23-year-old pitching again for the club for the first time since the incident.

Major League Baseball handed down the suspension last Friday following its investigation of the incident, which is independent of what occurs in court.
“Roberto is our closer,” said Atkins. “We’re running a baseball team and our goal is to win championships. Roberto could potentially be very much a part of that. The word that comes to mind for me when you talk about that is empathy. That’s not just for Roberto, that’s for everyone involved, that’s where we’re going to spend our time and energy, on being empathetic and trying to understand. We don’t have a background in investigations.”

The 75-game ban is the third-longest baseball has handed out under the policy. Prominent players to have returned from punishments include Aroldis Chapman, Jose Reyes and Jeurys Familia, the first two with new teams, the latter back to the Mets.
Whether Blue Jays fans will be as welcoming to the return of Osuna, once among the club’s most popular players, is unclear.

“It’s a balance for sure and it’s something we take seriously and forever will take very seriously,” said Atkins. “It’s been extremely challenging for us to handle regardless of what the actual verdict is, it’s just the accusation and balancing that is extremely difficult for us.”

Osuna is currently working out at the club’s spring facility in Dunedin, Fla., and will be allowed to have a rehab assignment of roughly 15 days before his suspension expires.

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