Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen reached a milestone on Wednesday against the Brewers, hitting his 200th career home run. The homer came with the bases empty and two outs in the top of the first inning against Chase Anderson, opening the scoring.
McCutchen, 30, has quietly had a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2016 campaign, though his numbers still aren’t where they used to be in his prime. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .275/.363/.474 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 589 plate appearances.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been suspended for 75 games without pay after violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Major League Baseball announced Friday. The suspension is retroactive to May 8 and will lift on August 4. Osuna has decided not to appeal the decision.
Osuna was charged with one count of assault against his girlfriend following his arrest on May 8. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the reliever is set to undergo trial on July 9. No details regarding his specific actions in the case have been publicly released, but Heyman adds that MLB was reportedly able to interview the victim prior to issuing the suspension. League Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement:
My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on May 8, 2018. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4th.
Osuna, 23, pitched just 15 1/3 innings during the 2018 season prior to his arrest. He has been on administrative leave since May 8.