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Roberto Osuna Suspended 75 Games by MLB After Domestic Violence Charge

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games
Cassandra Castillo | 23 June, 2018, 08:44

Major League Baseball announced the suspension - which is retroactive to May 8 and will cover a total of 75 games - in a release on Friday.

A criminal investigation against Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna is now ongoing, but Major League Baseball issued a statement on their decision to suspend the 23-year-old.

In a statement, the Blue Jays said they supported MLB's decision to suspend Osuna and that they would have no further comment, citing the legal matters involved.

The discipline, retroactive to May 8 when Osuna was arrested and charged in the assault of a woman, is the third longest handed down under the plan, trailing only the 100 games issued to Padres pitcher Jose Torres and 82 games given to former Braves outfielder Hector Olivera. The league has been investigating the charges since.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says, "My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on May 8, 2018".

The 23-year-old has appeared in 15 games this season converting nine of 10 save opportunities. Now, he's under team control through the 2021 season, which means if he somehow remains a Blue Jay - or any other team takes him on - he's under team control for three more seasons.

As for his criminal case, he's due back in court July 9.

Now, Major League Baseball can not simply suspend a player based on an arrest, as the policy states that it has "the burden of proving that the player committed a covered act". He's been on administrative leave - with pay - since May 8th.

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