Blue Jays closer Osuna suspended through Aug 4 by Major League Baseball

Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games

Osuna was on track to become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season, but this 75 game suspension sets back his free agency one more year.

Osuna, 23, will be eligible to return to the roster on August 4.

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was suspended without pay for 75 games on Friday for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, the league announced. He as placed on administrative leave, and has been waiting for the league to investigate the charges.

Osuna will lose about $2.54 million of his $5.3 million salary.

But the issue of whether it's fair for leagues to act in an extrajudicial manner once again came up for debate, especially since Osuna had his first court hearing Monday, as the Crown gave his attorney Domenic Basile disclosure of its evidence.

The Blue Jays, through a prepared statement, said they supported the decision by Major League Baseball to suspend Osuna and they would not comment any further, citing legal matters that were involved.

"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 has appeared in 15 games this season with nine saves and a 2.93 ERA. The right-hander was on the All-Star team last season and finished the season 3-4 with an ERA of 3.38 and 39 saves.

Osuna will now participate in a disciplinary treatment program in response to his actions. 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.

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