With Major League Baseball continuing its own investigation into claims of sexual assault made against Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, the league has opted to extend his paid administrative leave through April 16th.
The LA Times was the first to report on this.
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to extend Trevor Bauer's administrative leave through April 16, according to a league source.
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Last month, the LA County District Attorney’s office cleared the 31-year-old of any criminal charges after conducting a months-long investigation into the allegations. However, under the MLB and MLBPA’s joint domestic violence policy, a punishment may still be handed down to Bauer in the form of a multi-game suspension.
Notably, Bauer and his legal team are cooperating with the league’s investigation. His representation released the following statement last week.
Mr. Bauer is cooperating with the MLB investigation and looks forward to resolving its matter. He continues to prepare for the 2022 MLB season. Administrative leave is not a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.
With his leave extended until April 16, Bauer will miss the start of the season and for at least the first 8 games. As the LA Times notes, the league and union could agree to extend the leave longer or suspend him before the leave expires.
The right-hander last pitched for the Dodgers on June 28, 2021.