As expected, Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended under an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ union. However, this time it was extended for an additional week, extending through July 27.
This extension makes sense, as Bauer and his accuser have a court hearing in Los Angeles scheduled for July 23. Bauer has been on paid administrative leave since July 2 and hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since June 28.
At the moment, Bauer has yet to be arrested as the Pasadena police department continues to investigate him for felony assault. Major League Baseball is also conducting an investigation into the allegations, but they have not yet met with the woman.
According to the LA Times, Bauer can ask for a delay at the hearing.
“MLB‘s investigation could be informed by whatever information emerges from the hearing. However, legal experts have told The Times that Bauer might not risk testifying at the hearing if a decision about whether to charge him has not been made, because any of his testimony in a hearing about the restraining order could be used against him in a potential criminal case.”
The Dodgers will be without Bauer in their rotation for at least two more weeks, and likely a lot longer depending on what happens at the hearing next Friday.