The Toronto Blue Jays are still anxiously awaiting the outcome of the MLB investigation into Roberto Osuna, but at least one report claims he will receive a significant ban.
It has now been more than two weeks since Roberto Osuna was placed on paid administrative leave by MLB. This came about as a result of the Toronto Blue Jays closer being arrested on May 8, for allegedly assaulting a woman.
Since then, the Blue Jays and their fans have been anxiously awaiting the outcome of MLB’s investigation into the incident, which took place in Toronto. This wait has twice seen the leave extended, the second time through until May 28.
As per Sportnet‘s Shi Davidi, Osuna is scheduled to appear in court on June 18. However, he’s not expected to pitch for the Blue Jays anytime soon.
In fact, the 23-year-old is set to receive a significant ban, at least according to FRS Network’s Jon Heyman. He reports that people familiar with the case have advised it is extremely serious, especially when you consider the allegations of physical abuse.
Osuna denies causing any physical harm. And at this stage, specific details about the incident have not been revealed.
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Regardless, it doesn’t look particularly good for the 2017 All-Star at this stage. As Heyman points out, even when they has been no physical abuse in recent years, MLB has still handed out suspensions of at least 15 games.
Osuna has proved to be one of the more likeable Jays players, since making his debut in 2015. He is the youngest pitcher in MLB history to record 100 saves, while he has received praise for bringing public awareness to his ongoing battle with anxiety.
However, this good will could all go out the window, if the Mexico native is found guilty of domestic abuse. It will also have an impact on his finances.
First of all, any suspension period will be unpaid. And, as noted by Heyman, if the ban lasts more than 15 days, Osuna’s free agency will be delayed a year, until after the 2021 season.
At this stage, there is no way of knowing how long any suspension will be for Osuana. However, from what little information that is currently available, we predict he will be banned for at least 30 games.
Obviously this is a delicate situation, and you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, if Osuna IS found guilty, would you still want him on the Toronto Blue Jays’ roster once his suspension has ended? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.