Update, July 8th — Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by another seven days while MLB investigates allegations of sexual assault against the Dodgers’ starter.
Dodgers SP Trevor Bauer's administrative leave has been extended by seven days as police and the league continue to investigate sexual assault allegations against him. Unless something is resolved by then -- very unlikely -- league and union will discuss an indefinite extension.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 8, 2021
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Trevor Bauer will not start Sunday vs. the Washington Nationals after being placed on administrative leave by MLB amid allegations of domestic violence. Here’s the full statement from the League on Bauer:
Bauer will also not appeal the administrative leave:
Trevor Bauer will not appeal MLB placing him on seven-day administrative leave. pic.twitter.com/E4nxhExUTt— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 2, 2021
Bauer, who signed with the Dodgers this offseason, was accused of two separate incidents of assault against a woman, who filed for a restraining order. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred under the joint domestic violence policy placed Bauer on administrative leave for up to seven days.
While the Dodgers could have acted and opted not to start Bauer, the commissioner’s office had the power to invoke the paid leave for Bauer. Afterwards, he’s allowed to request a hearing in front of an arbitration board within 24 hours.
On Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated it was “out of our hands” when it came to sitting Bauer out of the rotation this weekend. He was wrong. The Dodgers had the power to act and chose not to immediately, opting instead to let MLB decide the fate of Bauer. The allegations against him are very bad and the fact the Dodgers wouldn’t even skip his start was a terrible look.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that there’s reason to believe the Dodgers won’t discipline Bauer out of fear the player’s union will file a grievance.