Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Closer Osuna Charged with Assault, Placed on Administrative Leave

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Closer Osuna Charged with Assault, Placed on Administrative Leave

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Jays closer Osuna charged with assault


Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball Tuesday after being charged with assault.

The league said it was investigating the circumstances of the charges in accordance with the joint domestic violence policy between the league and the MLB Players Association.

Toronto Police said Osuna will appear in court June 18, but wouldn't provide more details.

The administrative leave, which is not considered discipline by MLB, is a seven-day period that gives the league time to investigate. But Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the length of the leave will be fluid.

"It depends on the investigation, it depends on the information that comes," Atkins told media before Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre.

"I think there are scenarios where this leave could be extended, it could be shortened, it could be seven days. The seven days is a default. ... (it depends) on the investigation whether that turns into more."

Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed on a domestic violence policy in 2015. It allows the league to discipline a player for an alleged domestic violence incident regardless of whether it results in a trial.

Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was the first player to be disciplined under the terms of the policy when the league suspended him for the first 30 games of the 2016 season for an alleged incident on Dec. 7, 2015. Days later, shortstop Jose Reyes was suspended for the first 51 games of the 2016 season for an alleged incident.

"I think what we've seen over the years is Major League Baseball has taken very strong stances on situations like this one," Atkins said.

"We support Major League Baseball in that effort and we respect everything they've done not just to heighten awareness but to understand that this is much more than baseball, it's much bigger than just coming out here and trying to beat the Seattle Mariners."

Both Atkins and manager John Gibbons said they had spoken with Osuna at the ballpark earlier in the day, though neither would get into specifics about their conversations.

There was a half-empty water bottle at Osuna's locker, which was stocked with his uniforms and caps, hours before the game. Atkins said Osuna will not be around the team or at the stadium while he's on leave. …

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