Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch met privately with the crew’s proprietor and common supervisor on Saturday, a day forward of reliever Roberto Osuna being activated following a 75-game suspension for violating Main League Baseball’s home violence coverage.
Hinch mentioned the matter with proprietor Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow, however declined to go into particulars. The supervisor mentioned Osuna will be part of the membership on Sunday and be activated for the collection finale at Dodger Stadium.
Osuna was arrested in Toronto in Could and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. No particulars have been made public and the matter is pending in courtroom.
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MLB handed him the second-longest suspension since its home violence coverage was enacted three years in the past and Osuna didn’t attraction.
The Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Blue Jays on the commerce deadline this week. The transfer raised eyebrows within the clubhouse and round baseball since Houston had beforehand acknowledged its no-tolerance coverage concerning home violence.
‘Lots has to occur’
The crew launched minor leaguer Danry Vasquez final spring after surveillance video surfaced exhibiting him assaulting a girl.
Astros starters Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr. have been outspoken about their disgust on Twitter at the moment.
“Lots has to occur tomorrow,” Hinch mentioned, “and as a crew, household and group we’ll navigate it collectively.”
Osuna was not at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. He pitched one scoreless inning for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday, permitting one hit with one strikeout.
Hinch’s first order of enterprise will be to discuss with Osuna.
“I actually need to get to know him and his background. I’ve by no means met him, by no means shook his hand,” the supervisor mentioned. “I do know a bit little bit of his observe report. We’ll get into something that he desires to. I am his supervisor now so I feel it is essential to get to know him and study what makes him be the participant that he can be.”
The 23-year-old right-hander is the youngest pitcher to ever report 100 saves and he can throw 95 mph.
The World Sequence champion Astros are recognized for being a close-knit crew that banded collectively to assist Houston after final 12 months’s devastating floods triggered by Hurricane Harvey.
“That is not going to change,” Hinch mentioned.
The impact Osuna’s presence has on the crew will be intently scrutinized.
“We’re going to deal with it as a gaggle as greatest we are able to,” Hinch mentioned. “We merely do not know and we aren’t going to draw any conclusions at this level. We’re going to welcome him on our crew and start the method of getting to know him.”