The closer Roberto Osuna, got back on the mound on Monday after a 75-game suspension, helping the Astros to pick up a win against the San Francisco Giants.
The Houston Astros acquired Osuna from Toronto in a controversial trade after the reliever had been suspended by the MLB for violating domestic violence policy. Osuna was alleged to have committed domestic violence against the mother of his child.
Osuna had a quick but imposing debut after hadn't played in the majors for three months. He entered the game during the eighth inning to keep the Astros’ deficit at 1-0, and a few boos were audible in the AT&T Park. The new Astros player threw five pitches, three fastballs, a cutter and a slider, retiring Hanson, Andrew McCutchen, and Buster Posey. In the ninth inning, Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer giving the former Blue Jays pitcher his first win in his new team.
A.J. Hinch, the Astros manager, seemed to be pleased with his new pitcher performance.
"It was a quick look, obviously, with five pitches," Hinch said, "He's got a good arm. First game back is always important, it's the next step for him to get incorporated into our games, coming away with the win. A good first impression on the field."
This has been a tough year for the Mexican pitcher, although he has said that his arrival to the current champion team has helped him to forget about the stuff going on off the field thanks to his great teammates.
The Astros have been questioned for Osuna’s acquisition due to the team’s zero-tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind. However, the general manager Jeff Lunhow said that it is important to give Osuna a second chance, that there’s not a lot of real information about what happened and yet they are pretty quick to judge and condemn. Osuna’s teammates, Bregman and McHugh, have made it clear that they are comfortable playing along with the 23-year-old player.
Osuna's court case has been put off until Sept. 5, 2018, the reliever lawyer has said that he intends to plead not guilty to domestic violence allegations, even though he did accept the 75-game suspension.