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Dodgers put Trevor Bauer on leave amid sex assault allegations

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was placed on a seven-day administrative leave on Friday following allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in California.

Major League Baseball announced the decision on Friday. 

“MLB’s investigation into the allegations made against Trevor Bauer is ongoing. While no determination in the case has been made, we have made the decision to place Mr. Bauer on seven-day administrative leave effective immediately. MLB continues to collect information in our ongoing investigation concurrent with the Pasadena Police Department’s active criminal investigation. We will comment further at the appropriate time.”

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday Bauer was still slated to start on Sunday against the Washington Nationals and a decision to remove him from that start was out of his hands.

“I’m in position of following the lead of Major League Baseball,” Roberts told reporters, via the Los Angeles Times. “Their recommendation was for us to … he was our scheduled [starter] Sunday, and to move forward and start that game on Sunday. And so for me to try to read into it anymore outside of what they advised me and us to do, I just choose to follow their lead.”

Bauer was with the Dodgers on Thursday as the team started its four-game series against Washington. The Dodgers celebrated their 2020 World Series victory at the White House on Friday. Bauer was not there because he was not a part of the 2020 Dodgers team having signed with Los Angeles in the offseason.

Bauer has not spoken publicly about the allegations, which were revealed in an ex parte restraining order. The reigning National League Cy Young award winner is accused of striking the woman in various places of her body during what started out as a consensual sexual encounter. He was also accused of sticking his fingers down her throat and choking her until she lost consciousness.

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The alleged victim claimed in the ex parte restraining order she suffered a skull fracture. But a CT scan obtained by Fox News showed no diagnosis of a fracture.

Bauer’s representatives have denied the allegations and plan to refute the claims at a July 23 hearing. Text messages obtained by Fox News also showed flirty and sexually driven text messages between the pitcher and his accuser from their first encounter in April and their final encounter on May 15.

Bauer has not been charged with a crime. Pasadena, Calif., police were investigating.

The Dodgers said Tuesday they learned about the allegations in the afternoon

“The Dodgers were made aware of the allegations against Trevor Bauer late this afternoon and immediately contacted Major League Baseball, which will be handling this matter. The Dodgers take any allegations of this nature very seriously, but will have no further comment at this time,” the team said in a statement to Fox News.

It is worth noting that the New York Yankees placed Domingo German on administrative leave in September 2019 under the league’s domestic violence policy. He reportedly slapped his girlfriend at a charity event hosted by then-teammate C.C. Sabathia. 

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German wound up serving an 81 game suspension and missed all of last season. This year, the pitcher is in the Yankees starting rotation and has a record of four wins and five losses in 15 games started. 

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