MLB puts Trevor Bauer on 7-day leave amid assault allegations
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was placed on administrative leave for seven days amid allegations of sexual assault, Major League Baseball announced Friday.
Driving the news: A woman who alleges Bauer assaulted her on two occasions was granted a temporary protective order earlier this week, The Athletic reports. The MLB and Pasadena Police Department are investigating the allegations.
- Bauer, through his agents, has denied the allegations and hasn't been charged, the Washington Post reports, noting the athlete's leave is not equivalent to disciplinary action, and Bauer will be paid for the duration.
- The move, however, will prevent Bauer from making his scheduled start this Sunday against the Washington Nationals.
What they're saying: "While no determination in the case has been made, we have made the decision to place Mr. Bauer on seven-day administrative leave effective immediately," an MLB statement reads.
- "MLB continues to collect information in our ongoing investigation concurrent with the Pasadena Police Department’s active criminal investigation. We will comment further at the appropriate time.”
Of note: Bauer was the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner. Earlier this year, he became the highest-paid player for a single season in the sport's history when he signed a $102 million contract to play for three years with the Dodgers.
What to watch: Bauer’s representatives have suggested they plan to rebut the allegations in a hearing scheduled for July 23 regarding the protective order, per the Post.