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Osuna 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.
Major League Baseball said Friday the suspension is retroactive to May 8 and covers 75 games. Osuna will wind up missing 89 days, which would cost him about $2.54 million of his $5.3 million salary.
”I don’t have much of a reaction other than you take what MLB does and trust that and live with that and let it go through its course,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said before Friday night’s road game against the Los Angeles Angels. ”We knew something was coming down. Actually [url=http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vinny-curry-jersey]http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vinny-curry-jersey[/url] , it took a while. Hopefully, it all gets worked out on both sides and everyone gets the help they need and everything works out fine.”
Osuna will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the joint policy board of MLB and the players’ association.
The 23-year-old Osuna is 0-0 with nine saves and a 2.93 ERA in 15 games this season. The righty was an All-Star last year, when he went 3-4 with 39 saves and a 3.38 ERA.
Asked if it was better the Blue Jays now knew the length of the penalty, Gibbons said: ”I guess that helps.”
”We’ve kind of moved past that anyway and made do with what we’ve had [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/baker-mayfield-jersey]Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey[/url] ,” he said.
Here’s a look at what’s happening around the majors today:
SWING OR MISS?
Many hitters got off to a smashing start in July as Cleveland socked 11 doubles, Baltimore homered four times and the Cubs combined with Minnesota for 21 runs at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Now, we’ll see if the trend continues as the weather heats up and the balls fly.
June marked the second time in three months that strikeouts exceeded hits in the major leagues, a pattern that had never occurred until this year. About halfway through the season [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-josh-sitton-jersey]Josh Sitton Color Rush Jersey[/url] , there had been 21,090 strikeouts and 20,671 hits.
The Reds try to keep socking grand slams when the White Sox come to Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati leads the majors with nine slams and has already tied the single-season franchise record set in 2002.
Jose Peraza hit one Sunday, and pitchers Mike Lorenzen and Anthony DeSclafani recently connected. Eight different Reds have hit grand slams – Adam Duvall is the only player with two.
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Washington ace Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.04 ERA) will face ex-Detroit teammate Rick Porcello (9-3, 3.60 ERA) in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners when the Boston Red Sox visit Nationals Park.
Shortstop Jorge Polanco is set to rejoin the Twins after serving an 80-game drug suspension. He went 8 for 19 in six rehab games at Triple-A and Class A [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-patrick-omameh-jersey]http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-patrick-omameh-jersey[/url] , and will report to the big league club for the series opener at Milwaukee. The 24-year-old Polanco was a key contributor last season when the Twins earned an AL wild-card spot.
The Mariners plan to monitor Felix Hernandez and his back stiffness over the next few days. Hernandez pitched five innings Saturday night and earned the victory over Kansas City, but struggled with back pain and wasn’t able to sit down in the dugout between innings. The six-time All-Star is 8-6 with a 5.11 ERA in 18 starts this season.
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