Major League Baseball has extended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave through April 22, as first reported by Jon Heyman on Wednesday.
Bauer was put on leave last July following allegations of sexual misconduct by a San Diego woman who visited the pitcher at his Pasadena home. While he has been kept out of baseball, Bauer the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office opted not to file criminal charges against him back in February after it was determined that there was insufficient evidence.
Last month, Bauer sued The Athletic and its former reporter, Molly Knight, for “creating the false narrative” that he fractured a woman’s skull during a sexual encounter.”
Despite criminal charges not being filed, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred still held the ability to keep Bauer on the sidelines seeing as the district attorney’s ruling doesn’t necessarily clear his name.
Bauer hasn’t pitched in a game for the Dodgers after signing a three-year, $102 million deal prior to last season, since June. He had started just 17 games before being placed on leave where he was expected to bring Los Angeles’ rotation to new heights.
Having won the 2020 NL Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds, he was joining a rotation that already boasted Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and Julio Urias.