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Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna intends to plead not guilty to assault: lawyer

Last Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm EDT

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during ninth inning interleague baseball action in Toronto on April 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The lawyer for Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna says his client intends to plead not guilty to an assault charge.

Osuna, a 23-year-old closer originally from Mexico, was arrested last month.

His lawyer Domenic Basile says Osuna’s charge is related to an alleged domestic incident.

Basile appeared on his client’s behalf in a Toronto court today, and noted that the Crown has turned over a “substantive” amount of their evidence to him.

Basile says Major League Baseball has placed Osuna on paid administrative leave and is renewing it week by week.

He says the pitcher, who is out on bail, has spent much of his time since his arrest in Florida working out in preparation for his return to the Jays.

Osuna’s case is scheduled to return to court July 9.<

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