Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended for nearly two weeks until July 27, sources told ESPN.
The extension of the deadline delays Bauer’s license beyond the date of his hearing, scheduled for July 23, on the domestic violence restraining order filed by a woman in LA Superior Court.
The Major Leagues (MLB) and the Pasadena Police Department carry out separate investigations into Bauer, after the woman said in the order that the pitcher suffocated her until she lost consciousness on several occasions, that he hit her in several areas of the body with injuries that required hospitalization in the course of two sexual encounters this year, the last one on May 16 at Bauer’s home in Pasadena.
Bauer’s representatives issued a statement in which they deny that the pitcher has attacked the woman and in which they describe the encounters as “totally consensual.”
Bauer is required to attend next week’s hearing, but he has the right not to testify on his behalf.
It is the third time that Bauer’s license has been extended; the first two times were for periods of seven days. The MLB Players Association (MLBPA) had to give authorization for the license to be extended.
Had the MLBPA not approved the extension, the league would have faced the difficult decision of allowing Bauer to return to the active Dodgers roster while the criminal charges are investigated or imposing a penalty prematurely.
During the leave, Bauer is still paid by the Dodgers, from whom he receives about $ 1.5 million a week.
Previously, the Dodgers canceled Bauer’s bubblehead night, scheduled for Aug. 19, and removed the pitcher’s merchandise from their physical and online stores, saying they “didn’t feel it was appropriate” in light of the investigations.
Jeff Passan and Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.