Castro was released by the Nationals on Thursday after his domestic violence suspension was completed, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Castro hasn't played since prior to the All-Star break, first while on administrative leave while the league investigated domestic violence allegations against him and then while serving his suspension. The Nationals made it clear shortly after the allegations became public that they did not intend for Castro to play for them again, and they've now followed through on that promise.
Castro was suspended 30 games without pay Friday and fined an undisclosed amount for violating the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Castro will also be ineligible to participate in the postseason and will enter a treatment program. His suspension will expire in early September, though the Nationals intend to release him once his suspension is over, per Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com, so he won't be playing for them again this season.
Castro's administrative leave was extended by seven days Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. Castro's leave now runs through July 29, but there's little reason to expect him back at that point. Similar situations in the past involving accusations of domestic violence have typically seen the administrative leave extended several times until the league completes its investigation, and the Nationals have already said they don't expect Castro to play again this season.
General manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that he does not expect Castro to return to the Nationals this season after allegations of domestic violence landed the infielder on administrative leave last week, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The league is still investigating the 31-year-old, but it doesn't sound like he'll be suiting up for Washington again even if he avoids a serious penalty. Castro's future is a major question mark, and it remains to be seen whether he'll see a major-league diamond again anytime soon.
Castro was placed on administrative leave Friday while the league investigates an alleged domestic violence incident, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. The leave will initially last seven days. It's unlikely Castro returns after that period, however, as similar situations have typically involved multiple leave extensions until the league completes its investigation.