Trevor Bauer will have to take leave of absence to comply with a provision announced by Major League Baseball on Friday, three days after an assault charge was filed against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.
“The MLB investigation into the allegations made against Trevor Bauer is continuing,” the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office said in a statement. “Although no determination has been made in this case, we have decided to place Mr. Bauer on a seven-day administrative leave, which takes effect immediately.
“MLB continues to gather information in our ongoing investigation, along with the criminal investigation opened by the Pasadena Police Department.”
The seven-day leave is a step under policies adopted in 2015 by Major League Baseball and the Players Union against domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. This can be the first step toward a longer suspension.
In the past, there are cases where the license has been extended for some players under the terms of this policy.
This week, the prosecutor Marc Garelick reported that a protection order had been issued under the terms of the Law for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, as a result of an “assault that occurred at the hands of Mr. Bauer”, in which a woman suffered severe physical and emotional pain. ‘
Pasadena police spokesman Lt. Bill Grisafe confirmed the department is investigating allegations of assault involving Bauer. However, he declined to elaborate.
Jon Fetterolf, Bauer’s co-agent, denied the allegations. He assured that the athlete met the woman in April and that both had had “a brief sexual relationship, totally consensual” and initiated by her.
“There is no basis for her to have requested a protection order, it is fraudulent, deliberately omitting key facts, information and her own relevant communications,” said Fetteroff. “Any accusation that indicates that the past encounters between the two were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory and will be refuted to the full extent of the law.”
Fetteroff claimed the woman repeatedly asked Bauer to have “rough” sex, demanding that he “suffocate” and slap her.
According to the agent, Bauer and the woman exchanged friendly messages after their encounters.
Bauer, 30, right, joined his hometown Dodgers this year on a three-year, $ 102 million deal, one season after landing his first NL Cy Young trophy with the Cincinnati Reds. .
He is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA. It was scheduled to launch on Sunday.
Players sanctioned in the past under the terms of the domestic violence policy include Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and same-team pitcher Domingo Germán, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, Toronto reliever Roberto Osuna and Toronto shortstop José Reyes, as well as Atlanta outfielder Héctor Olivera. (AP)