The Dodgers will kick off Cactus LEague games tomorrow in Arizona. With so much anticipation surrounding the team, you can feel the buzz from both players and from fans. And rightfully so, especially after reportedly signing Freddie Freeman to a 6-year deal last night.
But they will continue to go through camp without knowing the fate of Trevor Bauer. The Dodgers pitcher was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation from MLB at the start of Spring camp, right after the lockout ended.
That leave has reportedly been extended once again. The leaves by Major League Baseball are typically for periods of 10 days, meaning they needed to extend it again if they had not yet come to a decision on his case.
According to a league source, MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to extend Trevor Bauer’s Administrative Leave through Saturday, April 16
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 17, 2022
At this point, it’s unclear what sort of punishment, if any, there will be from the league. But the fact that the league has already extended his leave again is enough to think that they are deeply considering it at this point. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has declined to speak about it, citing lack of knowledge about the current MLB investigation as reason to not speak on it.
But for now, the Dodgers push forward without the help of one of their starters. The current plan is to go with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias as their three top guys, most likely. Other candidates for the rotation include David Price, Tony Gonsolin, and Andrew Heaney.