Trevor Bauer Will Not Return to L.A. Dodgers This Season Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not return to the mound this season amid an ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) decided to extend his leave through the end of the season, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Bauer has not played for the Dodgers since late June when the Pasadena Police Department said that he is being investigated for alleged sexual assault.

The department reportedly began investigating Bauer after a woman was granted a restraining order against him in L.A. County Superior Court.

"It is an active investigation," Lt. Bill Grisafe said in June.

On July 2, Bauer was placed on administrative leave, which has been extended nine times, according to the Times.

The alleged victim's attorney, Marc Garelick, said in June that his client was emotionally and physically suffering from Bauer's alleged actions.

"The order is a result of a recent assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer where [the woman] suffered severe physical and emotional pain," Garelick said in a statement then.

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not return to the mound this season amid an ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations against him. Above, Bauer throws the first pitch of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 28 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

In response to the allegations, Bauer's agent, Jon Fetterolf, denied that the pitcher sexually assaulted the woman. In June, he said in a statement that the nature of Bauer's relationship with the woman was consensual and consisted of two encounters, the second of which took place on May 16 at Bauer's home in Pasadena.

"Mr. Bauer had a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated by [the woman] beginning in April 2021," the statement read. "We have messages that show [the woman] repeatedly asking for 'rough' sexual encounters involving requests to be 'choked out' and slapped in the face.

"In both of their encounters, [the woman] drove from San Diego to Mr. Bauer's residence in Pasadena, California, where she went on to dictate what she wanted from him sexually and he did what was asked."

According to the Times, the woman submitted medical records to the court that said she experienced "assault by manual strangulation" and "acute head injury."

In August, the accuser's restraining order was lifted by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, according to the Times, and the Pasadena Police Department later that month transferred the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to determine whether charges will be filed.

The judge who lifted the restraining order ruled that there was "no supportable evidence" that Bauer harmed the woman, pointing out that the accuser incurred injuries within a sexual context that she set.

"In the context of a sexual encounter, when a woman says 'no,' she should be believed," Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman said in her ruling in August, according to the Times. "So what about when she says 'yes?'"

Despite the judge's ruling, MLB is investigating Bauer over the allegations. He is required to meet with the league's investigators as per MLB's domestic violence and sexual assault policy. However, such a meeting would be unlikely to happen in case of potential criminal charges, according to the Times.

The league is looking into the woman's allegations and the testimony of another woman in Ohio who obtained a temporary restraining order against Bauer that was later halted, the Washington Post reported in August.

When contacted by Newsweek, the MLBPA said it had "no further comments." MLB and Bauer's agent, Rachel Luba, did not not respond in time for publication.