Starlin Castro Placed on Leave After Alleged Domestic Violence

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Jul 9, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Starlin Castro (13) during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park.

MLB announced Starlin Castro was placed on administrative leave Friday afternoon under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli was the first to report the news, saying that it was due to an alleged domestic violence incident. Manager Dave Martinez said he learned about the situation on Thursday night.

"What I can tell you about myself and this organization, as you know, we don't tolerate any kind of domestic abuse," Martinez said. "Speaking for myself, I think it's awful."

At this time, it is unknown when the alleged incident took place; however, Castro was placed on the restricted list on June 16. When the move occurred, Martinez said it was due to “a family matter.”

The announcement of Castro's leave comes days after Trevor Bauer's administrative leave was extended again as police and the league continue to investigate the sexual assault allegations made against the Dodgers pitcher. 

Similar to Bauer, Castro will still be paid while on leave, standard practice for MLB when investigations are ongoing. The leave will last for seven days and can be extended in week-long increments if both MLB and the MLBPA agree.

So far this year, the league has already suspended Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway and former Mets GM Jared Porter through the 2022 season and banned Roberto Alomar for life for sexual misconduct. But MLB and the police are still investigating Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who was arrested in May on the charge of felony domestic violence.  

This is a developing story and will be updated.