Major League Baseball puts Starlin Castro on administrative leave following an alleged domestic violence incident earlier this summer, according to Athletic Brittany Ghiroli.
The permit is for seven days, adds Ghiroli. Castro will always be paid and will not waste service time. His absence could be extended in one-week increments if MLB and the MLB Players Association agree.
Ghiroli says it’s unclear when the incident happened. Castro was placed on the shortlist a month ago because of what director Davey Martinez said was a “family issue.”
Castro’s administrative leave comes after MLB and MLBPA agreed extends the absence of Trevor Bauer for two weeks while the league and the Pasadena Police Department continue to investigate allegations of sexual assault against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.
Castro, 31, faced sexual assault charges in 2011. However, there have been no charges.
The Dominican Republic native is in his second season with the Washington Nationals after stints with the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins. He hit .283 this season with three home runs and 38 RBI.
It’s unclear which Nationals plan to step into Castro’s role next week.