Nationals' Starlin Castro placed on administrative leave

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Nationals' Starlin Castro placed on administrative leave originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been placed on administrative leave under MLB's Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy in conjunction with the MLBPA, the league announced on Friday.

"The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been placed on Administrative Leave under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy," MLB said in a statement. "Per the policy, the initial period of Administrative Leave may last up to seven days, barring an extension.MLB will provide further comment at the appropriate time."

Earlier this season, Castro was put on the team's restricted list with no specific designation. The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reported that the current allegations against Castro do not relate to that situation.

In his second season with the Nationals Castro appeared in 87 games in the first half, primarily acting as the team's starting third baseman. For at least the next seven days, Washington will have to look elsewhere at the position.