Castro banned 30 games under MLB policy; Nats to release him
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been banned for 30 games without pay and fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Baseball guidelines on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Shortly after MLB announced the penalty on Friday, the Nationals said they would release Castro when the ban ends.
Castro will not be eligible under the terms of the post-season suspension and will be required to undergo evaluation and treatment, MLB said.
"After reviewing all available evidence, I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Castro has violated our guidelines and that discipline is appropriate," Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
National general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this month, while MLB was investigating allegations against Castro, that he had no plans to get him back on the team this season.
“We take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. We fully support the commissioner's decision, ”the team said in a statement following the MLB announcement.
Castro was charged but not charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident in Chicago in 2011. Rizzo said Castro was reviewed before the Nationals signed him into a two-year deal in January 2020, adding that he was "upset" by the new allegations.
Castro, 31, is a 12-year-old major league veteran and four-time All-Star who has played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and Miami Marlins. He played 87 games for Washington that season, mostly starting on third base.
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