There are few if any details yet, but John Lott of The Athletic reports that Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was charged with one count of assault on a woman early this morning.
The incident took place in Toronto, where the Blue Jays are home, with an off day yesterday. The Toronto Police Department is not releasing any specifics about the assault so as not to potentially reveal information about the victim of the crime, whose identity is protected under the law.
Obviously there will be more to this story, including any acts or statements the Blue Jays and Major League Baseball take or make pursuant to team and league policies. We’ll update when we learn more.
UPDATE: Major League Baseball has placed Osuna on administrative leave. The league’s statement:
“MLB takes all allegations of this nature very seriously. We are investigating the circumstances and have placed Roberto Osuna on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy.”
Osuna is scheduled for a court appearance on June 18. He could be facing a suspension from MLB regardless of whether he’s ultimately convicted
UPDATE: Well, this is awkward.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.