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Blue Jays closer Osuna arrested for domestic assault

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Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested Tuesday morning for domestic assault, according to a police report acquired by Steve Buffery of The Toronto Sun.

Toronto police confirmed the 23-year-old right-hander was arrested and charged with assault on a woman, The Athletic's John Lott reports.

The woman involved in the incident appears to be Osuna's girlfriend, according to Hazel Mae of Sportsnet, although Toronto Police Services Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu told Lott they are withholding details to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

Osuna has been released and is scheduled to appear in court on June 18.

The right-hander was placed on administrative leave by MLB, the Blue Jays announced.

"We are aware of the incident involving Roberto and fully support the decision by the Commissioner's Office to place him on administrative leave," the team said in a statement. "We are taking the matter extremely seriously, as the type of conduct associated with this incident is not reflective of our values as an organization. As this remains an ongoing investigation by Toronto Police, the Club will not comment further on the matter."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons spoke about Osuna's arrest with reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

"Hopefully, there's nothing there," Gibbons said, according to Lott. "I love the kid, not because of what he's done for us on the field, but because of who he is and my relationship with him over the years.

"Really, in society in general, there's got to be a zero-tolerance policy. You've got to protect the vulnerable and those that can't protect themselves a lot. But hopefully when it's all said and done, he's back with us, it's behind him and things turn out fine."

As with most domestic violence cases involving MLB players, the commissioner's office must now conduct an investigation similar to the ones involving Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes in 2015, Jeurys Familia in 2016, and more recent cases involving Derek Norris, Addison Russell, Steven Wright, and Miguel Sano.

As per league policy, the commissioner will decide on discipline, with no minimum or maximum penalty, after the investigation is conducted.

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