Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games

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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.

That's where the investigation part comes in and intriguingly, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that league officials are believed to have spoken to the complainant.

The 75 games cover the entire period since he was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on May 8.

Major League Baseball has suspended Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna through August 4 for violating the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

The 75-game suspension is retroactive to May 8 - he has not played in a game since the incident.

Osuna's lawyer, Domenic Basile, said in court in Toronto Monday that Osuna intends to plead not guilty to the assault charge. "Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to the discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4".

Furthermore, "a single incident of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship, or a single incident of abusive behavior involving a female member of a player's family who is domiciled with him, may subject a player to discipline under this Policy". Despite the 75 game suspension by Major League Baseball, his return date is uncertain at this time. 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. "We knew something was coming down".

The Blue Jays also released a statement, saying the supported Manfred's decision and will offer no further comment as the case remains a legal matter. "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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