Nationals third baseman Starlin Castro, who played for the Cubs from 2010-15, has been accused of domestic violence. (Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
Nationals third baseman Starlin Castro, who played for the Cubs from 2010-15, has been accused of domestic violence. (Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro accused of domestic violence, placed on administrative leave by MLB


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WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals third baseman Starlin Castro was placed on administrative leave by MLB on Friday as a result of an allegation of domestic violence being levied against him. While MLB carries out an investigation into the matter, the former Chicago Cubs middle infielder will be on leave for at least seven days, and the leave of absence can be extended in increments of seven additional days thereafter.

According to Brittany Ghiroli and Maria Torres of The Athletic, the domestic violence incident in question took place earlier this summer. Castro was previously placed on the restricted list by the Nationals on June 16 because of an undisclosed family matter. However, he returned to action just two days later, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez confirmed on Tuesday the two situations are unrelated. In 2012, Castro, then a member of the Cubs, was accused of sexual assault but was not charged with a crime due to insufficient evidence.

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