Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games by Major League Baseball after assault investigation


The 75 games cover the entire period since he was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on May 8.

The league announced the suspension - which is retroactive to May 8 and will cover a total of 75 games - in a release on Friday.

Major League Baseball decided not to wait on the court proceedings surrounding Roberto Osuna's assault charges and have slapped the Blue Jays closer with a hefty 75-game suspension. He was then put on administrative leave by the Blue Jays and since the day of his arrest the league has investigated his charges. He will wind up missing 89 days, which would cost him about $2.54 million of his $5.3 million salary.

"As this remains a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time", the Jays statement reads. The suspension will run through August 4.

Osuna has appeared in 15 games this season with nine saves and a 2.93 ERA.

Osuna's lawyer, Domenic Basile, said in court in Toronto Monday that Osuna intends to plead not guilty to the assault charge.

"I don't have much of a reaction other than you take what Major League Baseball does and trust that and live with that and let it go through its course, " Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said before Friday night's road game against the Los Angeles Angels. Osuna's next court date will be July 9.

"Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4th". Earlier this year, Jose Torres of the San Diego Padres was suspended 100 games for violating this policy stemming from a domestic abuse related arrest in late 2017.