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Nationals to Cut Starlin Castro After 30-game MLB Ban for Alleged Domestic Violence

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJuly 30, 2021

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The Washington Nationals announced Friday that they will release veteran infielder Starlin Castro following his 30-game suspension for violating MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

According to Maria Torres of The Athletic, the Nationals released the following statement regarding the decision: "We take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. We fully support the Commissioner's decision and will be releasing Starlin Castro upon the completion of his suspension."

MLB announced Castro's suspension Friday after he was placed on leave earlier this month amid allegations of domestic violence.

The 31-year-old Castro has spent the past two seasons with the Nats after previous stints as a member of the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins.

In 87 games this season, Castro is slashing .283/.333/.375 with three home runs, 38 RBI and 25 runs scored.

Castro is a four-time All-Star, having earned the honors three times with the Cubs and once as a member of the Yankees.

The Dominican Republic native has reached the 20-homer plateau twice in his career and hit .300 or better in a season three times. His career batting average sits at .280 with 138 home runs and 678 RBI.

In addition to hitting for a high average, Castro is known for his defensive versatility, playing second, shortstop and third base extensively during his career.

The announcement of Castro's impending release is the latest in a wave of major roster moves the Nats have made in recent days.

Prior to Friday's trade deadline, the Nationals finalized three trades on Thursday, sending outfielder Kyle Schwarber to the Boston Red Sox, closer Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays and reliever Daniel Hudson to the San Diego Padres.

Washington is also attempting to finalize a deal that would send ace starter Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

After winning the World Series in 2019, the Nationals missed the playoffs last season and are poised to do so again this season with a 47-55 record.

The departure of Castro and potentially Turner as well could open up more playing time for 23-year-old Carter Kieboom for the remainder of the season.

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