Osuna makes 1st appearance for Astros following domestic violence suspension

Osuna makes 1st appearance for Astros following domestic violence suspension

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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Astros brass huddles to discuss Osuna's pending arrival

Astros brass huddles to discuss Osuna's pending arrival

FILE – In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during a baseball game in Baltimore. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has met privately with the teams owner and general manager ahead of Osuna being activated following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseballs domestic violence policy. Hinch says Osuna will join the Astros in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 5, and be activated for the series finale against the Dodgers. The Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline this week. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch has met privately with the team’s owner and general manager ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna being activated following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Hinch says Osuna will join the Astros in Los Angeles on Sunday and be activated for the series finale against the Dodgers.

Hinch met with owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow to discuss the matter on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, but declined to go into details. He says he plans to meet with Osuna on Sunday to get to know him and his background.

The Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline this week. The move raised eyebrows since Houston had previously stated its no-tolerance policy regarding domestic violence.

Osuna was arrested in May and charged with assaulting his girlfriend.