Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna will join the Buffalo Bisons today in what is another step forward in returning from Domestic Assault allegations.
Roberto Osuna last appeared in a game for the Blue Jays on May 06th after formally being charged with one count of assault on May 08th. From there the closer was placed on administrative leave until being levied a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
The 23-year old is nearing the end of his suspension and can officially return back to the Jays on August 04th. Osuna has been partaking in a rehab assignment making two appearances for Dunedin and another for Bluefield thus far. In those three outings, Osuna has yet to allow a run while striking out two in three innings of work.
Prior to his suspension, Osuna sported a 2,93 earned run average with 9 saves in 15 appearances this season. The native of Mexico has recorded 104 career saves in just over three seasons north of the border. The Blue Jays brain trust have publicly stated that Osuna will be welcomed back into the fold once he has served his suspension, however, time will tell.
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The Jays could look to move Osuna before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline which is not out of the realm of possibilities. Ross Atkins may just be playing coy about his return in an attempt to boost his trade value and portray that they are not stuck in a corner with Osuna. Many prognosticators feel that the young closer will never pitch for the Blue Jays again.
It’s an unfortunate and troubling situation and it will be interesting to see how the fans will respond, if, in fact, he is back in a Jays uniform on August 04th. Osuna has yet to address the media since the incident and he still may not seeing the charge is still before the courts.
Regardless of all the outside noise, Osuna will take his talents to Buffalo and prepare for the final leg of his rehab assignment with the herd.