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Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo cleared of wrongdoing in money laundering case

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Ten days ago former big leaguer Octavio Dotel was arrested and former big leaguer Luis Castillo was cited in the Dominican Republic in connection with with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation into a man named César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser. The gist of the allegations against the former ballplayers was that they were allegedly used to launder Peralta’s money.

Yesterday, however, they were cleared, with Judge José Alejandro Vargas releasing Dotel and dropping charges against him and Castillo due to a lack of evidence. Dotel still has a weapons charge against him after the police discovered an allegedly illegal firearm while searching his home following his arrest. Dotel’s lawyer says he can establish that the weapon is legal, so that’ll probably go away too. Lawyer’s for Dotel and Castillo are demanding an apology from the prosecutors and police.

Dotel played for 13 different teams over his 15-year career and for much of that career was one of the more effective relievers in the game. Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.

Both of them are probably now gonna spend some time suing people.

 

 

 

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.