Roberto Osuna was arrested this morning and charged with assaulting a woman.
#BlueJays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested this morning and charged with assault on a woman, Toronto police confirm. Story coming shortly.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) May 8, 2018
As a result, Osuna was placed on administrative leave by the Commissioner’s Office. Osuna has a court date scheduled for June 18, 2018 according to Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun/Post Media. It will be interesting to see how the MLB and the Blue Jays handle this situation, as we probably won’t have any clarity from a legal standpoint for quite some time.
Most feel like Seung Hwan Oh will get the crack at the fill-in closer’s gig, but John Axford and Tyler Clippard have previous closing experience as well. Ryan Tepera’s name has been bandied about, too. Basically, this is a horrible situation all the way around.
Osuna is likely looking at a lengthy suspension given MLB precedence—I’ve seen anywhere from 15 to 80 games mentioned so far today.
Obviously real life takes precedence, but in the fake game this news is very actionable. For my part, I’d feel I could safely drop Osuna from my roster and mine for saves elsewhere. If you have the space to keep him and feel like you should, then by all means feel free. But either way you slice this thing it appears that Osuna will not be closing games for the foreseeable future.