Blue Jays pitcher Osuna charged with assault

Roberto Osuna of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida

Montreal (AFP) – Toronto Blue Jays closing relief pitcher Roberto Osuna was arrested Tuesday and charged with assaulting a woman, according to Toronto police.

Authorities would not release details of the incident to protect the identity of the victim. Osuna was released from custody but a court appearance was scheduled for June 18.

Last month, Osuna became the youngest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to record 100 career saves.

The 23-year-old Mexican has a 2.93 earned-run average with nine saves in 15 appearances this season for Toronto.

The Blue Jays have been promoting a giveaway of 15,000 souvenir Osuna T-shirts before Thursday’s home game against Seattle, which the relief ace will not be available for, according to a statement from Major League Baseball citing regulations from its players union agreement.

“MLB takes all allegations of this nature very seriously,” the statement said. “We are investigating the circumstances and have placed Roberto Osuna on administrative leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy.”

Osuna, whose father Roberto Sr pitched 22 seasons in the Mexican League and whose uncle Antonio pitched 11 seasons in the major leagues, could face punishment for violating major league conduct rules even if not convicted of the charges.

In 2015, Osuna became the youngest player to take the field for the Blue Jays at age 20. He has a career 8-13 record with a 2.87 earned-run average and 253 strikeouts with 104 saves.