Los Angeles Dodgers Beginning pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) reacts in sixth inning of the MLB recreation between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 28, 2021, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.
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Main League Baseball on Thursday prolonged the executive depart of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for not less than one other seven days as police proceed investigating allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl in California.
The transfer comes as Bauer’s merchandise has been faraway from sale on the official Main League Baseball branded web site operated by e-commerce firm Fanatics and from the Dodgers’ on-line retailer.
The 30-year-old pitcher, who denies wrongdoing, was positioned on a seven-day administrative depart final Friday as a result of probe, after the Dodgers insisted he would stay of their pitching rotation regardless of the girl’s stunning claims.
“With the settlement of the Gamers Affiliation, MLB has prolonged Trevor Bauer’s placement on Administrative Go away for an extra 7 days, efficient tomorrow,” MLB mentioned in an announcement.
“MLB’s investigation is ongoing,” it mentioned.
Bauer, who is likely one of the highest-paid gamers in baseball, might be paid throughout his depart however shouldn’t be allowed to play. He has not been criminally charged.
The Dodgers declined to touch upon the announcement. The crew on Wednesday canceled Bauer’s bobblehead night time, which had been scheduled for Aug. 19.
Bauer’s brokers, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, in an announcement, mentioned, “We proceed to refute [the woman’s] allegations within the strongest attainable phrases and Mr. Bauer vehemently denies her account of their two conferences.”
“Once more, administrative depart is neither a disciplinary motion nor does it in any method mirror a discovering within the league’s investigation,” the brokers mentioned.
USA At present reported final week that shortly earlier than Bauer was initially positioned on administrative depart, a lieutenant with the Pasadena Police Division who’s overseeing the felony investigation mentioned the probe “is greater than we thought.”
“We had been wanting into some issues, and we thought we had been nearing the top,” Lt. Carolyn Gordon advised USA At present. “We aren’t near the top.”
Bauer gained the 2020 Nationwide League Cy Younger award after pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.
He joined the World Sequence champion Dodgers this 12 months, inking a three-year contract that would in the end pay him $102 million.
Bauer’s depart was introduced the identical day that President Joe Biden hosted the Dodgers on the White Home in honor of their sequence victory.
His accuser mentioned in a current utility for a court-issued restraining order towards Bauer that he had choked her into unconsciousness throughout two sexual encounters this spring. She additionally alleged that in one encounter he punched her repeatedly within the face and genitals, injuring her so badly that she was hospitalized.
She additionally alleges he engaged in sexual conduct that she had not agreed to throughout one of many encounters.
Bauer’s agent Fetterholf, in an announcement to CNBC final week, mentioned, “Mr. Bauer had a quick and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by [the woman] starting in April 2021. We have now messages that present [the woman] repeatedly asking for ‘tough’ sexual encounters involving requests to be ‘choked out’ and slapped within the face.”
Former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart advised the crew this week that he won’t attend a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of their World Sequence win in 1981 due to their failure to bench Bauer earlier than MLB took motion.
“The group is not what it was after we got here by,” Stewart advised USA At present. “The Dodgers group that I grew up in below the O’Malley household would by no means stand for that. The Dodgers ought to have stepped up in that scenario, they usually did not. You have to have character requirements.”
“I advised them, ‘I can not present up for that,'” he mentioned.
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