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Charges dropped against Astros closer Osuna

FILE PHOTO: Sep 7, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

An assault charge against Houston Astros pitcher Roberto Osuna was withdrawn in a Canadian court on Tuesday.

Under conditions of the action, Osuna agreed to a one-year peace bond, which means he must agree to “keep the peace and be of good behavior,” according to Community Legal Education Ontario.

Osuna, then with the Toronto Blue Jays, was arrested May 7 and charged with assault in an alleged domestic incident. As a result, he was suspended without pay by Major League Baseball for 75 games, and the Blue Jays traded him to the Houston Astros during the suspension on July 30.

Now the Houston closer, Osuna heard the boos Monday when he entered the game against Toronto at Rogers Center. It was first appearance in the city since charges were filed.

He picked up his 19th save in 20 chances in the Astros’ 5-3 victory.

Little is known about the charges against Osuna. Toronto defense attorney Daniel Brown told USA Today last month that in Canada, police reports aren’t public record and public files only include the basics, such as the charges. According to USA Today, Osuna’s accuser left the country for Mexico and is not cooperating with authorities.

Had the 23-year-old Osuna been convicted of the assault charge, he could have faced six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

--Field Level Media