Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) reacts in the sixth inning of the MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 28, 2021 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
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Major League Baseball extended Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ administrative vacation for at least another seven days on Thursday as police investigate the allegations further that he sexually assaulted a woman in California.
The move comes as Bauer goods was withdrawn from the sale on the Major League Baseball brand’s official website operated by the e-commerce company Fanatics, and from the Dodgers online store.
The 30-year-old pitcher who denies wrongdoing was put on seven-day administrative leave last Friday because of the investigation, after the Dodgers insisted he would stay in their pitching rotation despite the woman’s shocking claims.
“With the consent of the Players Association, MLB has extended Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave of absence by a further 7 days with effect from tomorrow,” said a statement from MLB.
“The MLB investigation is ongoing.”
Bauer, one of the highest-paid baseball players, continues to be paid during his leave of absence, but is not allowed to play.
The Dodgers did not want to comment on the announcement. On Wednesday, the team canceled Bauer’s wobbly night planned for August 19.
Bauer’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
USA Today reported last week that Bauer was put on administrative leave shortly before the first leave of absence, a Pasadena police lieutenant overseeing the criminal investigation, said the investigation was “bigger than we thought”.
“We looked into some things and thought we were nearing the end,” said Lt. Carolyn Gordon told USA Today. “We’re not finished yet.”
Bauer who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award after pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.
He joined World Series Champion Dodgers that year and signed a three-year deal that could ultimately gross him $ 102 million.
Bauer’s departure was announced last Friday, the same day that President Joe Biden hosted the Dodgers in honor of their streak win at the White House.
His prosecutor recently said in a motion for an injunction against Bauer that he choked her to unconsciousness in two sexual encounters this spring. She also alleged that he repeatedly slapped her face and genitals during an encounter, injuring her so badly that she was hospitalized.
She also claims he committed sexual behavior that she did not consent to during one of the encounters.
Bauer’s agent Jon Fetterholf said in a statement to CNBC last week: “Mr. Bauer had a brief and fully consensual sexual relationship that was conducted by [the woman] from April 2021. We have news that shows [the woman] repeatedly asked for ‘rough’ sexual encounters, with the request to be ‘suffocated’ and slapped in the face. “
Former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart told the team this week that he was not attending a 40th anniversary celebration.
“The organization is no longer what it was when we got through”, Stewart told USA Today. “The Dodgers organization that I grew up in with the O’Malley family would never take it. The Dodgers should have stepped up in this situation, and they didn’t. You have to have character standards.
“I told them, ‘I can’t show up for that.’