Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended through August 4

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was suspended without pay for 75 games on Friday for violating MLB's domestic violence policy. The league has been investigating the charges since.

He'll be eligible to return 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 unpaid ban dates back to May 8, the day Osuna was placed on administrative leave after Toronto police charged him with an assault on a woman. The league announced Monday his leave had been extended for another week through Sunday.

He plead not guilty to the assault charge.

MLB launched its own investigation and concluded 23-year-old Osuna - a 2017 All-Star - violated the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

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A criminal investigation against Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna is now ongoing, but Major League Baseball issued a statement on their decision to suspend the 23-year-old.

The Blue Jays said in a statement that they "support the decision by the Commissioner's Office".

Under the CBA, domestic violence "includes, but is not limited to, physical or sexual violence, emotional and/or psychological intimidation, verbal violence, stalking, economic control, harassment, physical intimidation, or injury".

Now, Major League Baseball can not simply suspend a player based on an arrest, as the policy states that it has "the burden of proving that the player committed a covered act".

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons spoke on the suspension before Friday's game. "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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