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MLB puts Trevor Bauer on ‘administrative leave’ following sex assault investigation

Major League Baseball put star Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on administrative leave in the wake of disturbing sexual assault allegations made against the Cy Young Award winner.

A woman provided graphic details and photos of her alleged encounters with Bauer in a request for a domestic violence restraining order filed this week in L.A. County Superior Court.

Bauer’s lawyer did not immediately return messages seeking comment on Friday. Bauer’s agent, Jon Fetterolf, previously said that Bauer “had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship” with the woman earlier this year that she initiated. Bauer has not been charged with any crime.

Police in Pasadena, California, have confirmed they are investigating Bauer, a Southern California native who signed with the Dodgers this winter.

“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 said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

“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.”

The Dodgers are in the nation’s capital right now for a series against the Washington Nationals.

Bauer had been slated to be the Dodgers starting pitcher on Sunday.

Bauer’s agents said their client will not appeal and that the MLB action does not “in any way reflect a finding” of wrongdoing.

“We reaffirm our original statement and refute [the woman’s] allegations in the strongest possible terms,” Bauer’s agents Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba said in a statement.

“Mr. Bauer will not appeal MLB’s decision to place him on administrative leave at this time in an effort to minimize any distractions to the Dodgers organization and to his teammates.”

Bauer was not with the Dodgers on Friday as they visited the White House where they were honored for winning the 2020 World Series.

The Dodgers were crowned champions of the last year’s abbreviated baseball season, which was limited to a mere 60 regular season games due to the coronavirus pandemic. A normal season is 162 games.

Bauer’s addition to the Dodgers this past off-season was greeted by a groan across pro baseball as one of the sport’s best teams appeared to improve.

The late-blooming Bauer, 30, has morphed into one of baseball’s best hurlers, mastering pitches with radical movements that have confounded flailing batters. Modern metrics have been able to capture the number of revolutions the baseball spins between a pitcher’s hand and the catcher’s glove. The spin rate on Bauer’s fastball and curveball are ranked in the 100th and 96th percentiles, respectively.

Liza Torres and Andrew Blankstein contributed.