Roberto Osuna receives 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball over assault charge

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Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was suspended without pay for 75 games on Friday for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, the league announced.

"My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated (MLB's) Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy", Manfred's statement read.

Osuna, 23, will be eligible to return to the roster on August 4. Osuna made his first court appearance earlier this week but with the potential of legal proceedings dragging out, Major League Baseball made its own ruling.

The 23-year-old Osuna is facing an assault charge and had been on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball since being arrested last month.

Basile said the 23-year-old intends to plea not guilty and he plans to meet with the Crown to seek a resolution to the case ahead of a July 9 hearing, and some privately questioned why Major League Baseball jumped the gun.

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The Jays, who have slid through the standings since Osuna was charged, issued a brief release on the suspension, saying it supports Manfred's decision.

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 appeared in 15 games (15 1/3 innings) for Toronto this season, allowing 16 hits, five runs and one walk while earning nine saves.

Until the official outcome of his court case, Osuna's status with the Blue Jays is still in limbo.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons spoke on the suspension before Friday's game. "We knew something was coming down. Hopefully that all gets worked out, both sides, and everybody gets the help they need and everything works out fine for all involved".

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