MLB places Jays All-Star Roberto Osuna on leave after assault charge
Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been placed on administrative leave by the MLB Commissioner's Office after the All-Star was arrested and charged with assault.
Osuna was charged on Tuesday and later released, with the 23-year-old scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on June 18.
MLB announced that it has placed Osuna on administrative leave, in accordance with the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy.
"MLB takes all allegations of this nature very seriously," the league said in a statement. "We are investigating the circumstances and have placed Roberto Osuna on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy."
The Blue Jays issued a statement saying they were aware of the situation and supported the MLB's decision to place Osuna on leave.
Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays regarding Roberto Osuna. pic.twitter.com/ZnPOCjDSoR-- Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 8, 2018
"I think what we've seen over the last couple of years is that Major League Baseball has taken very strong stances on situations like this one," Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. "The punishments have been strong in cases of guilty and not guilty.
"We support Major League Baseball in that effort and appreciate and respect everything they've done, not just to heighten awareness, but to understand this is much more than baseball, much bigger than just coming out here and trying to beat the Seattle Mariners."
Because the alleged incident falls under the umbrella of MLB's domestic violence policy, Osuna could face discipline no matter the legal status of the case.
Suspensions under MLB's domestic violence policy includes Jose Reyes (51 games), Aroldis Chapman (30 games), Jeurys Familia (15 games) and Steven Wright (15 games).
Osuna has nine saves in 15 appearances this season with a 2.87 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. He has recorded 104 saves, including 39 last year, in his three seasons with the Jays.
"Hopefully there's nothing there -- I love the kid, not because of what he has done for us on the field, but because of who he is and my relationship with him over the years," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Osuna.
"But, really, society in general has to be a zero-tolerance policy. You have to protect the vulnerable and those who can't protect themselves a lot. Hopefully, when it's all said and done, he's back with us, it's behind him and things turn out fine."