Ozuna (finger) was placed on administrative leave under the league's domestic violence policy Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. The transaction stems from Ozuna's late-May arrest for aggravated assault and family violence. He hasn't played since that incident but wasn't actually on leave, as he was instead on the injured list after fracturing a pair of fingers just days before his arrest. The status of those injuries isn't clear, but he's unlikely to play any time soon due to the administrative leave. He's technically only on leave for seven days, but players in similar situations have nearly always seen that leave extended several times while the league continues its investigation. Ozuna agreed to enter a diversion program Thursday which could see his charges dropped within six months, but MLB can still come to its own conclusions regarding any potential suspension regardless of the court's decision.
Ozuna (finger injuries) agreed Thursday to enter a diversion program which could see his domestic violence charges dropped within six months, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Ozuna is facing misdemeanor charges for family battery violence and simple assault after he was arrested back in late May. Both charges carry up to a year of jail time, but he can avoid jail if he completes the program's requirements, which include six months of supervision, 200 hours of community service, an anger management course and a psychological evaluation. While the development may assist MLB's decision regarding any potential suspension for Ozuna, the league is still doing its own investigation and could come to a different conclusion than the courts.
The Fulton County (Ga.) District Attorney's office dropped a felony charge of aggravated assault strangulation against Ozuna (fingers), but the outfielder will be prosecuted on misdemeanor charges of family battery violence and simple assault in connection with his May 29 arrest, Alexis Stevens and Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The two misdemeanor charges both carry up to a year of jail time. Major League Baseball continues to hold its own investigation into the incident and has the ability to discipline Ozuna regardless of how the legal process plays out, per the terms of the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence Policy. Prior to his arrest, Ozuna was placed on the 10-day injured list May 26 after he was diagnosed with two broken fingers on his left hand. He should be at or near full health nearly two months later, but expect Ozuna to remain inactive for Atlanta until the legal matter is resolved.
Ozuna (fingers) was arrested on charges of aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery/family violence Saturday in Georgia, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The league office is expected to open an investigation following the arrest, which could result in a suspension under MLB's domestic violence policy. Ozuna is already sidelined for at least the next six weeks after fracturing the ring and middle fingers on his left hand Tuesday.
Ozuna (finger) was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Friday. Ozuna fractured two fingers on his left hand while running the bases Tuesday against the Red Sox. While he won't require surgery, he's expected to miss at least six weeks, meaning he won't be back on the field until shortly before the All-Star break at the earliest. Guillermo Heredia should see time in left field in his absence, with at-bats opening up for Ender Inciarte in center.