Major League Baseball has suspended Nationals infielder Starlin Castro for thirty games without pay for a violation of the MLB – MLBPA joint domestic violence policy. Under the terms of the policy, he’s officially barred from participating in any postseason games this year. He’ll also pay a fine of an undisclosed amount.
Castro was placed on administrative leave on July 16 after domestic violence allegations were made against him. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo strongly suggested afterwards that Castro wouldn’t again play for the club. The team announced this morning that he’ll indeed be released upon the conclusion of his suspension.
The 31-year-old signed a two-year, $12MM deal with the Nationals over the 2019-20 offseason. His suspension will result in the forfeiture of approximately $1MM in salary.