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MLB extends leave for Dodgers RHP Trevor Bauer

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May 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) walks to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) walks to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Bauer had his ongoing administrative leave extended one week by Major League Baseball on Friday, preventing the right-handed pitcher from joining the Los Angeles Dodgers for spring training in Phoenix.

Bauer was placed on leave last season after sexual assault allegations surfaced in late June. Last month, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office elected not to file charges in the case, but the ruling did not eliminate the possibility of continued discipline by the league.

Friday’s move to extend Bauer’s leave was done in conjunction with the MLB Players Association.

Bauer did not pitch after June 28, once allegations revealed an aggressive sexual encounter with a woman that was alleged to have caused injuries. The Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department launched an investigation while MLB placed Bauer on leave, then extended it multiple times throughout the season, including the playoffs.

An initial ruling in August dissolved a restraining order that was filed by the woman who made the assault allegations.

Bauer made just 17 starts last season and pitched 107 2/3 innings to begin a three-year, $102 million free-agent deal he signed in February 2021. He was 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA last season and received his full $35.3 million pay in 2021.

The Dodgers have yet to indicate if Bauer will be welcomed back if and when his MLB leave is lifted.

–Field Level Media