MLB announced that Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been suspended for 75 games following his May 8 arrest regarding a domestic assault case and will be eligible to play again on Aug. 4.
Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games without pay (retro to 5/8) for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. https://t.co/1ftJ02XEkH— MLB (@MLB) June 22, 2018
Osuna will appear in court on July 9 and intends to plead not guilty, his lawyer announced earlier in the week. The 23-year-old allegedly attacked his girlfriend in Toronto, though details regarding the incident are sparse.
In Aug. 2015, MLB introduced its domestic violence policy. It allows commissioner Rob Manfred to put any player on administrative leave if they are suspected of sexual assault, child abuse or domestic violence.
Before Osuna, nine MLB players had been investigated for such violence, with seven of them earning suspensions. Former Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman received a 30-game suspension in 2016 - centering around an alleged domestic violence case involving his girlfriend in Florida.
Jose Torres of the San Diego Padres received a 100-game suspension (the rest of the 2018 campaign), earlier this month - stemming from a domestic case in Phoenix, which allegedly included the use of a deadly weapon.
Prior to his suspension, Osuna had appeared in 15 games and pitched 15.1 innings. He posted a 2.93 ERA and struck out 13 batters while walking just one. Through 221 career games, Osuna has posted 104 saves, and helped the Blue Jays reach the 2015 and 2016 ALCS.
Osuna struggled at various points through the 2017 regular season, and admitted he was battling anxiety issues. Nonetheless, Osuna finished the campaign strong and was off to a good start in 2018, prior to his suspension.
Osuna's future with the Blue Jays is already unclear, with some speculating that they could decide to move on from him. For now, we wait and see what happens when he goes to court on July 9.