Baseball Puts Trevor Bauer on Leave Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Trevor Bauer, the Los Angeles Dodgers star pitcher underneath investigation by the authorities in Southern California after a girl accused him of sexual assault, was positioned on short-term administrative depart Friday by Major League Baseball.

The transfer, no less than for now, forestalls what may have been the specter of Bauer taking the mound whereas the police and the league continued their investigations, with particulars of the accusations publicly recognized. On Thursday, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts had mentioned the crew deliberate to let Bauer, 30, make his subsequent scheduled begin, on Sunday in Washington, as a result of it was following the lead of M.L.B., which had but to say Bauer mustn’t play.

“M.L.B.’s investigation into the allegations made against Trevor Bauer is ongoing,” the league mentioned in a press release on Friday. “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. M.L.B. continues to collect information in our ongoing investigation concurrent with the Pasadena Police Department’s active criminal investigation.”

M.L.B.’s collectively bargained coverage on home violence, sexual assault and youngster abuse provides Bauer the fitting to contest the executive depart. But he is not going to problem M.L.B.’s determination, based on his brokers, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, who continued to rebut the accuser’s claims.

“Mr. Bauer will not appeal M.L.B.’s decision to place him on administrative leave at this time in an effort to minimize any distraction to the Dodgers organization and to his teammates,” the brokers mentioned in an emailed assertion. “Of note, administrative leave is neither a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.”

Under the collectively bargained guidelines, the M.L.B. commissioner, Rob Manfred, can place a participant accused of a violation on administrative depart, through which he’s paid however not allowed to participate in video games, and the transfer “shall not be considered disciplinary.” The commissioner may also defer inserting a participant on such depart till he’s both charged with a criminal offense or the commissioner’s workplace receives “credible information corroborating the allegations.”

At the top of the seven days, M.L.B. can request an extension from the gamers’ union.

On Tuesday, a girl filed a request in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a brief home violence restraining order in opposition to Bauer. The request was granted. The police in Pasadena, Calif., confirmed on Tuesday lady had accused Bauer of assaulting her within the metropolis on or round May 16, and that that they had begun trying into the accusation quickly after it was reported to them.

The lady’s lawyer, Marc H. Garelick, mentioned his consumer had suffered “severe physical and emotional pain” from an assault by Bauer. Fetterolf has denied any wrongdoing by his consumer, saying Bauer and the accuser had a “brief and wholly consensual sexual” relationship that was initiated by the lady in April and consisted of two encounters. The agent mentioned Bauer had messages from the lady asking that she be choked and slapped.

After studying of the allegations on Tuesday, M.L.B. additionally started trying into the matter. On Wednesday, particulars of the lady’s allegations had been revealed in information reviews.

Included within the paperwork requesting the momentary restraining order had been a press release from the lady, medical evaluations, images of the lady’s bruised face and what had been described as screenshots of messages between her and Bauer. In the request, the lady mentioned that what started as a consensual relationship with some tough intercourse led to anal intercourse with out her consent, along with her being choked along with her hair till she misplaced consciousness and being punched.

Bauer can formally contest the restraining order in a listening to scheduled for July 23 in Los Angeles.

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Bauer posted a 1.73 earned run common over 73 innings with the Cincinnati Reds to win his first Cy Young Award. Over the winter, Bauer, who has additionally pitched for Arizona and Cleveland, signed a free-agent cope with the Dodgers for 3 years and $102 million assured. He has an Eight-5 file and a 2.59 E.R.A. for the Dodgers in 17 begins this season.