Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna intends to plead not guilty to an assault charge, his lawyer said Monday.
The 23-year-old closer was arrested last month in connection with what his lawyer, Domenic Basile, called an alleged domestic incident.
“I spoke to him this morning (and) he loves Toronto, he loves the Toronto Blue Jays and he wants to be back on the mound pitching for them,” Basile told reporters outside court.
Major League Baseball put the Mexico native on paid administrative leave after his arrest and is renewing it on a weekly
basis, Basile said. On Monday, the administrative leave was extended through June 25.
“He is going to continue to work out and throw the ball and be ready to come back when he is authorized to be back and play by Major League Baseball,” Basile said of his client, who was released on bail in May.
Osuna’s case is scheduled to return to court July 9.