Major League Baseball is placing Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro on administrative leave as it investigates allegations of domestic violence.
NEWS: Nationals infielder Starlin Castro is going on administrative leave later today as MLB looks into an alleged domestic violence incident. https://t.co/FZbpXD5RRd
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) July 16, 2021
It’s not clear whether the current investigation stems from or is related to a period in June when Castro was placed on the restricted list to attend to a “family matter.” The details are sparse beyond the administrative leave placement, which comes under the joint domestic violence agreement with the Players Association. Trevor Bauer and Marcell Ozuna are also each currently having domestic violence incidents investigated by the league and authorities.
The personal impact here for anyone affected is the primary consideration, but without any details it’s hard to comment. You just want victims, if any, to be all right. Placement on administrative leave is not supposed to be viewed as a sign of any kind of guilt, only that an investigation needs to take place (MLB can impose punishment regardless of the criminal justice process). But any allegations need to be taken seriously.
Castro was a long-time Chicago Cub before being traded five years ago to the Yankees (in conjunction with the Ben Zobrist signing). He later went to the Miami Marlins, and then the Washington Nationals. Castro, 31, is hitting .283/.333/.375 (92 wRC+) while primarily playing third base. If he is expected to miss significant time, it could hasten the Nationals’ interest in adding in the infield, if they intend to try to hang around in the NL East (currently 6.0 games back of the Mets and in fourth place).