Osuna placed on leave after assault charge

 Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been placed on administrative after being charged with assault.

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been placed on administrative after being charged with assault.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- With Roberto Osuna having been placed on administrative leave due to his arrest early Tuesday morning, right-hander Jake Petricka has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo.

Additionally, infielder Aldemys Diaz has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain. The Blue Jays have recalled infielder Richard Urena to assume his spot on the active roster.

Although few details have been made public, Toronto Police confirmed on Tuesday that Osuna, the Blue Jays' 24-year-old closer, was brought in on charges of domestic assault. He will appear in court on May 18.

“We are aware of the incident involving Roberto and fully support the decision by the Commissioner’s Office to place him on administrative leave." said the team in a statement. "We are taking the matter extremely seriously, as the type of conduct associated with this incident is not reflective of our values as an organization. As this remains an ongoing investigation by Toronto Police, the Club will not comment further on the matter.”

Petricka has pitched a combined 9 1/3 innings between Toronto and Buffalo in 2018, striking out eight batters while walking only a pair.

Despite initially being called up late last week, Urena has yet to appear in a big league contest this season. In nine games split between class-A Advanced Dunedin and Buffalo in 2018, the 22-year-old infielder has gone 5-for-35 while striking out seven times and walking only once.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.