Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended by Major League Baseball until August 4

Annette Crawford
June 23, 2018

The Blue Jays also released a statement, saying the supported Manfred's decision and will offer no further comment as the case remains a legal matter.

Osuna, 23, was charged with assaulting a woman on May 8 and placed on administrative leave.

Osuna has agreed to not appeal the decision, and the decision will be retroactive back to May 8, shortly after Osuna's last game played with the Blue Jays.

Osuna's 75 game suspension is the third-longest of its kind since Major League Baseball instituted its Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy in August of 2015.

Until the official outcome of his court case, Osuna's status with the Blue Jays is still in limbo. At that time, he is eligible to return to Major League Baseball, but with a subsequent court hearing on July 9th.

Under the CBA, domestic violence "includes, but is not limited to, physical or sexual violence, emotional and/or psychological intimidation, verbal violence, stalking, economic control, harassment, physical intimidation, or injury". It allows the league to discipline a player for a domestic violence incident regardless of whether there are charges or a trial. The league has been investigating the charges since.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was asked before Toronto's game against the Angels in Los Angeles Friday if knowing the length of the penalty helps the team.

For all those reasons, whatever happens in court - Basile said Monday he'd be "working in a manner that I'm hoping to avoid a conviction", while also factoring in potential work visa repercussions for the Mexico native - wouldn't impact baseball's decision-making. You knew something was coming down.

All of that, along with the criminal proceedings, are still to be settled.

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