Starlin Castro goes on administrative leave after alleged domestic violence incident


Nationals infielder Starlin Castro was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on Friday, following an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred earlier this summer, according to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli.

Castro will go on paid leave for seven days, Ghiroli says, and may be extended by week-long increments thereafter if MLB and the MLBPA agree on such an extension.

As Ghiroli notes, Castro was placed on the "restricted list" on June 16 with what Nationals manager Dave Martinez called at the time "a family matter." Castro, after returning home to the Dominican Republic, was activated from the restricted list two days later.

Martinez addressed Castro's absence ahead of Friday's game against the Padres, confirming that the team was only made aware of Castro's situation on Thursday night, and that this particular matter being investigated by MLB is not related to Castro's previous leave of absence in June.

Castro going on leave is not an admission of guilt, but gives MLB the time needed to investigate the matter further.