MLB places Trevor Bauer on administrative leave amidst sexual assault allegations, investigation

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MLB announced Friday that Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been placed on seven-day administrative leave following sexual assault allegations that surfaced earlier in the week.

The allegations against Bauer were detailed in the victim's domestic violence restraining order, which were elaborated in a report released from The Athletic.

MLB released a statement surrounding its decision to place Bauer on leave on Friday: 

MLB’s investigation into the allegations made against Trevor Bauer is ongoing.  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.  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.

In graphic details surrounding the assaults, the victim claims that Bauer had strangled her several times, leaving her unconscious. Bauer left the victim with scrapes and bruises on her face.

The restraining order filed also indicates Bauer had penetrated the victim anally without the victim's consent. The woman feared repercussions for what Bauer would have done had he found out she'd gone to the hospital following one of the encounters.

In a statement, Bauer's lawyer says that the encounters, which took place in April, were wholly consensual and "any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory, and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Dodgers were seen without Bauer during their July 2 visit to the White House, in celebration for the team's 2020 World Series victory.

Bauer had been scheduled to take the mound on Sunday. In light of the allegations, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked if he would still pitch Bauer, and Roberts said the situation was "out of their hands."

 

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