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Sports Blue Jays' Gibbons hopes Osuna 'can turn his life around'

21:56  07 july  2018
21:56  07 july  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Blue Jays' Osuna suspended 75 games for violating domestic violence policy

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Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is disappointed yet hopeful for Roberto Osuna, who is eligible to return from suspension in early August stemming from a violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy.

"I'll be glad to see (Osuna)," Gibbons told Mike Wilner of Sportsnet. "I'm very disappointed in what happened, but I love the kid. I hope it all gets resolved - the penalty, counselling, whatever it is - and he can turn his life around.

"If (Osuna) comes back and he's on the team, he'll be our closer eventually, if not right away," the Jays skipper continued. "I'm not going to punish him. But I hope everything works out the right way for everyone involved."

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Osuna was arrested and charged with assault in early May, prompting Major League Baseball to place him on the restricted list. After conducting their own investigation, the league suspended Osuna for 75 games.

Osuna, whose legal team has entered a not-guilty plea, has been ordered not to contact the female victim, whose identity has been protected. The criminal proceedings have not yet been resolved, with Osuna's next court date scheduled for July 9.

Gibbons' comments about Osuna's potential usage on the team come one week after Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins stated plainly that there would be "no reason" why the right-hander would not resume closing duties immediately.

The 23-year-old Osuna is slated to begin a rehab assignment on July 14, and will be eligible to return to the major-league roster as early as August 5.

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MLB says Osuna can return to Jays with domestic violence charge pending .
MLB says Osuna can return to Jays with domestic violence charge pendingOsuna agreed to a suspension through August 4 under baseball's domestic violence policy. He has not pitched since May 6, two days before he was put on administrative leave when he was charged with one count of assault in Toronto.

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