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It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Trevor Bauer, and now it appears that his season with the Los Angeles Dodgers is already over.
Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Bauer is done for the rest of the year after the MLB and players’ union agreed to extend his administrative leave.
Bauer last pitched on June 28 and hasn’t been with the Dodgers since early July. He has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who said “he choked her unconscious multiple times, sodomized her without consent and punched her all over her body over the course of two sexual encounters at his Pasadena, Calif., home on April 22 and May 16, leaving her with injuries that prompted medical attention,” ESPN wrote.
Passan added that there’s no new information involving the investigation.
“Him being out for the rest of the year is just an acknowledgement from the union and league that with MLB’s investigation into him ongoing and the season waning, he was not going to have time to return this year,” he wrote.
Bauer, 30, signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers in February. He will finish the season with an 8-5 record in 17 starts, with 137 strikeouts and 37 walks, and an ERA of 2.59, in 107 2/3 innings.
“The 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Cincinnati Reds, Bauer is the highest-paid MLB player in 2021 excluding endorsements, with a salary nearing $40 million,” ESPN wrote.
“On Aug. 14, the Washington Post published a story stating that an Ohio woman accused Bauer of punching and choking her during sex in their three-year relationship and that she filed a restraining order petition last summer, only to withdraw it six weeks later.”
Bauer’s attorney has called the accusations “categorically false.”