MLB suspends Washington Nationals’ infielder Starlin Castro 30 games under domestic violence policy

Starlin Castro
Jul 11, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Starlin Castro (13) takes a lead off first base against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is suspending Washington Nationals infielder 30 games without pay for violating the league’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Castro was placed on administrative leave July 16 after allegations surfaced of an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred this summer. MLB immediately launched its investigation, which concluded on Friday.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Castro is suspended 30 games without pay and the ban is effective immediately. He will also be fined an undisclosed amount and is ineligible from participating in the MLB playoffs.

The Nationals responded in support of MLB’s decision and disclosed that they will release Castro once his 30-game suspension concludes.

“We take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. We fully support the Commissioner’s decision and will be releasing Starlin Castro upon the completion of his suspension. Per the terms of the policy, we will have no further comment on this matter.”

Washington Nationals statement on Starlin Castro suspension

Castro, age 31, played in 87 games for the Nationals this season. As their everyday third baseman, he posted a a .283/.333/.375 slash line with a .708 OPS, 38 RBIs and a 1.3 WAR.

MLB is still conducting its investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer. The league and MLB Players Association agreed to extend his stay on administrative leave for the third time. It’s widely expected that he will not pitch for the Dodgers again this season.