Roberto Osuna of Toronto Blue Jays suspended 75 games by Major League Baseball

Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna has been suspended 75 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, MLB announced in a statement Friday.

The 23-year-old reliever will be eligible to return to the roster on August 4th, as the suspension will be retroactive from May 8th.

Osuna will lose about $2.54 million of his $5.3 million salary. He was then put on administrative leave by the Blue Jays and since the day of his arrest the league has investigated his charges.

In a statement, the Blue Jays said they supported MLB's decision to suspend Osuna and that they would have no further comment, citing the legal matters involved.

Barring a change,"you take what Major League Baseball does, trust that and live with it", said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

Osuna appeared in 15 games (15 1/3 innings) for Toronto this season, allowing 16 hits, five runs and one walk while earning nine saves. "We knew something was coming down".




Osuna's lawyer, Domenic Basile, said in court in Toronto Monday that Osuna intends to plead not guilty to the assault charge. The righty was an All-Star a year ago when he went 3-4 with 39 saves and a 3.38 ERA. Osuna did not appeal the suspension.

"We've kind of moved past that anyway and made do with what we've had", he said.

The players' union and MLB agreed in 2015 to a league domestic violence policy.

By accepting the punishment, Osuna (and the Major League Baseball players association) effectively agreed to waive any potential appeal, regardless of how his court proceedings play out.

Reliever Aroldis Chapman was the sport's first player who was disciplined under the domestic violence policy when he was suspended by the league for 30 games to start the 2016 regular season. The previous long was Jose Reyes (51 games).

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