Nationals' Starlin Castro placed on MLB administrative leave amid domestic violence investigation

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Major League Baseball placed Starlin Castro on administrative leave Friday as it investigates a domestic violence allegation against the Washington Nationals infielder.

The 31-year-old Castro is the third major league player under currently under investigation by MLB as part of its domestic violence policy.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was charged with battery and aggravated assault by strangulation after Sandy Springs, Georgia, police arrived to his home following a 911 call. home. Officers say they witnessed Ozuna grab his wife, Genesis, by the neck and throw her against a wall. Ozuna is currently on the injured list.

Nationals infielder Starlin Castro.
Nationals infielder Starlin Castro.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended to July 27 as MLB and Pasadena, California police investigate assault allegations against Bauer. Bauer has maintained that two encounters with his accuser were consensual.

Castro was under investigation for sexual assault after a September 2011 encounter in which a woman alleged Castro sexually assaulted her after she passed out. In April 2012, the Illinois state’s attorney’s office declined to bring charges against Castro, citing insufficient evidence.

That investigation came before MLB’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy was enacted in conjunction with the MLB Players’ Association in 2016; that policy states that players may be disciplined even in the absence of criminal charges.

Under terms of the policy, Castro will be paid while on administrative leave, which can be extended by consent of MLB and the union. Any suspension under the policy will be unpaid.

Castro, a four-time All-Star, is batting .283 with three home runs in 87 games for the Nationals. He’s in the final season of a two-year, $12 million contract.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Starlin Castro on administrative leave during domestic violence investigation