Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has had his administrative leave extended through May 21.
Osuna, 23, was charged with assaulting a woman last week on a Blue Jays off-day. The league placed him on administrative leave on May 8. He is scheduled for a court appearance on June 18. Major League Baseball continues to investigate the situation. Osuna is likely facing a suspension, regardless of whether or not he is convicted next month.
Prior to the incident, Osuna had racked up nine saves with a 2.93 ERA and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. Tyler Clippard has recorded the only save for the Blue Jays since Osuna has been absent.
The Chicago Cubs are going to acquire Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will send back prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later in exchange. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the Cubs were the team that claimed Murphy off of waivers.
Murphy got off to a slow start this year coming off of major surgery but is hitting .300/.341/.442 on the season and has been particularly hot of late. Murphy is primarily a second baseman, of course, but he has played some first base too. The Cubs, at any rate, have a pretty flexible roster so they’ll likely be able to find a good amount of playing time for him at either position and, when he doesn’t start, he’ll be a great option off the bench.
Between this trade and the trade of Matt Adams to the Cardinals, the Nats have officially thrown in the towel on 2018.