Roberto Osuna made his first appearance with the Houston Astros on Monday following the recent completion of his 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.
He was dealt to the defending World Series champions on July 30 after being out since he was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend May 8 in Toronto.
He is due in court Sept. 5. and is expected to plead not guilty.
The former All-Star was inserted into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning in San Francisco, though the Astros’ official Twitter account made no mention of their controversial acquisition’s debut at that juncture.
Osuna was excellent on Monday night, however, requiring just five pitches — all strikes — to get out of his one frame of work. In fact, he even got the win thanks to a Marwin Gonzalez homer that lifted the Astros to a 3-1 win over the Giants.
“Especially like being in such a great team with great teammates, it’s easy to forget about the stuff that’s going on off the field, and being able to play and help the team win is unbelievable,” Osuna said postgame.
“I really like my teammates. They’ve been treating me with a lot of respect, and I’m really comfortable.”
It was Osuna’s first MLB action since May 6, and it was accompanied by some boos from the San Francisco .
“It was a quick look obviously with five pitches,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s got a good arm. First game back is always important, it’s the next step for him to get incorporated into our games, coming away with the win. A good first impression on the field.”
Contributing: A.J. Perez and Josh Peter, and Associated Press
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