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Reports: Trevor Bauer’s leave extended once again

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Jun 18, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball and the players association agreed to extend the administrative leave of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer through April 22, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

His current leave was to expire on Saturday.

Bauer remains off the Dodgers’ 40-man roster as MLB continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding a sexual assault accusation made by a San Diego woman last June.

Bauer, 31, last pitched on June 28, 2021, after which the woman’s allegations of an aggressive sexual encounter that resulted in injuries went public. 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.

While the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Bauer, MLB could invoke its own discipline.

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 and received his full $35.3 million pay in 2021.

The Dodgers have yet to indicate their plans for Bauer if and when his MLB leave is lifted.

–Field Level Media