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Nationals release Starlin Castro at end of 30-game domestic violence suspension

Nationals, Starling Castro

Following the conclusion of his 30-game suspension for domestic violence, the Washington Nationals have decided to cut ties with infielder Starlin Castro. Via The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli:

The Nationals were completely floored by the situation and according to GM Mike Rizzo, he never had any intention of Castro playing for the organization again:

“You asked the question, do I plan on having Starlin Castro back?” he said. “And I say I do not plan on that.”

Asked to describe his reaction to the allegations, Rizzo said, “I was surprised. I was angered by it. I was pissed off by it. It’s something that cannot happen. It should not happen. It will not happen with the Washington Nationals, otherwise we’ll fix it.”

Nationals manager Dave Martinez was also completely against the idea of having Castro back on the roster, making it clear there is no room for this kind of behavior:

“I definitely lose a lot of respect for anybody that does have some kind of domestic violence (issue), whether it’s spouses, children, whatever. There’s no place for it.”

Details of the whole situation had not been made public. Castro was placed on the restricted list in mid-June for what the Nationals said was a “family matter”. This isn’t the first time he’s had off-field issues, either. The veteran was accused of sexual assault in 2011 when he was with the Chicago Cubs, but he was never charged due to a lack of evidence.

The Washington Nationals have made it clear, though. There is no room for this type of behavior. It will be interesting to see if Starlin Castro is signed by another big league team.