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Nationals’ Starlin Castro forced to take leave after yet another scandal

Nationals, Starlin Castro

The MLB has another issue on their hands as Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been forced to take a leave as investigations take place regarding alleged domestic violence, according to Brittany Ghoroli of The Athletic. 

“Major League Baseball is placing Starlin Castro on administrative leave stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident earlier this summer, multiple sources told The Athletic. The move is expected to occur prior to the team’s workout in D.C. on Friday afternoon.”

This is a bad look for the Nationals infielder and the leave is seven days, which is the same length of time as that of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, although Bauer’s has been extended multiple times. 

Castro has also been involved with sexual assault claims dating back to 2012 when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs. Although he was accused, there were no charges filed at the time.

As Ghoroli reports, Castro was placed on the restricted list on June 16 and traveled back home to the Dominican Republic, although there is no confirmation if the Nationals knew about any of this at the time.

The MLB has seen this far too often this season and Castro is just the latest in the string of incidents as the investigation with Bauer is ongoing as well. It is likely Castro is out for an extended period of time and the MLB could certainly extend his leave if needed.