Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended for the fourth time, now for seven extra days until Aug. 13, according to a Major League Baseball (MLB) official.
Three days after that date, the civil hearing for the temporary restraining order that was obtained against Bauer in LA Superior Court will begin.
The hearing, which was postponed twice at the request of Bauer’s legal team, is scheduled for Aug. 16-19, which means that Bauer may receive one more extension to his license, unless Major League Baseball or the police department of the city of Pasadena (California) conclude its investigation before.
Major League Baseball can unilaterally place a player on administrative leave for up to seven days under an attached domestic violence policy, but it must have consent from the Players Association. Bauer has not been with the Dodgers since he was released on July 2.
Bauer, 30, was accused by a woman of strangling her until she lost consciousness on multiple occasions, hitting her in various areas of the body and leaving her with injuries that required hospitalization in the course of two sexual encounters earlier this year, of according to a domestic violence restraining order filed in LA County Superior Court on June 28 and copies of which ESPN obtained.
The temporary restraining order was executed ex parte, that is, it was obtained without input from the other party. Bauerha’s legal team has denied the sexual assault allegations and called the interactions between the pitcher and the woman “totally consensual” and in a previous statement noted that Bauer “vehemently denies the woman’s account of their two encounters.”
The first hearing to decide whether the temporary restraining order would be permanent was held on July 23 and was delayed for an additional six business days after Bauer’s attorneys requested more time to prepare their defense against witnesses and evidence that, they accused, they did not receive. until the night before the hearing. On July 29, a new postponement was obtained.
Bauer attended the first hearing, as well as her accuser. The player’s legal team told the judge that they recommended their client not to testify given the publicity of the case, but the prosecuting party stated that he should go to the stand, even though Bauer invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions. Both parties can call up to 10 witnesses.
The Dodgers, who acquired Max scherzer in a change, they signed Cole Hamels on Wednesday, canceled Bauer’s bubblehead night and removed all of their merchandise from physical and online stores, saying it “didn’t feel appropriate” because of the ongoing investigations.
Bauer, a 2020 National League Cy Young winner as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, joined the Dodgers with a record three-year, $ 102 million contract last February, which includes two termination clauses.