Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna placed on leave after being charged with assault
Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna has been put on temporary leave from the team after being arrested and charged with a single count of assault.
Osuna, also known as Jose Roberto Osuna Quintero, 23, was charged in relation to an incident that happened overnight, Toronto police confirmed.
Toronto police Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu declined to provide details on the incident to protect the identity of the alleged victim.
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Major League Baseball said in a statement that it “takes all allegations of this nature very seriously.”
“We are investigating the circumstances and have placed Roberto Osuna on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy.”
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Ross Atkins, the team’s general manager, told reporters on Thursday that seven days is the default leave period for an investigation, though Osuna could be gone for a longer or shorter amount of time as the probe unfolds.
In an earlier statement, the Blue Jays organization said it fully supports the decision to put the pitcher on leave.
“It’s difficult to come up with words just to how serious we are taking it,” Atkins told reporters.
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Jays coach John Gibbons said that he was shocked by the allegation.
“I really love the kid and I hope it works out,” he said Tuesday. “I mean, there’s things out there, you know, to protect the vulnerable people, you know. So, due process usually figures it out.”
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He said he’s spoken to Osuna since but declined to say what they discussed.
“But, naturally, I’m pulling for him,” he said.
Osuna, a relief pitcher who hails from Juan Jose Rios, Mexico, is in his fourth season with the Jays.
Prior to his arrest, the Blue Jays had planned to host a free Roberto Osuna T-shirt promotion at the Rogers Centre for the team’s game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the team announced it would give away shirts featuring infielder Yangervis Solarte instead.
Osuna is expected to appear in court on June 18.
— With files from Don Mitchell
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