Blue Jays closer Osuna's leave extended by seven days after assault charge

FILE - This is a 2018 file photo showing Roberto Osuna of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been charged with assault. Toronto police declined to say Tuesday, May 8, 2018, whether it was domestic assault. Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu says the charge is for one count of assault, and provided no further details. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

TORONTO - Major League Baseball has extended Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna's administrative leave to May 21 in the aftermath of an assault charge.

The league announced the extension for Osuna's leave on Monday. The original seven-day leave was set to expire on Tuesday after news came out about the charge by Toronto Police on May 8.

The leave, which is not considered discipline by MLB, is a seven-day period that gives the league time to investigate. But the league does have the option to extend or shorten the leave.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed on a domestic violence policy in 2015. It allows the league to discipline a player for an alleged domestic violence incident regardless of whether it results in a trial.

Osuna's first court date has been set for June 18.


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