Major League Baseball and the players’ association have extended Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave through July 27, meaning he will be ineligible to pitch next week when the Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers in a four-game series at Chavez Ravine.
Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave on July 2 under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015. This first extension had been through July 15, and will now continue for close to two more weeks as the sport’s investigators continue to check into allegations of sexual misconduct.
Police in Pasadena and MLB are investigating the allegations made against Bauer by a Southern California woman who says the pitcher choked her to the point where she lost consciousness and punched her during two sexual encounters earlier this year. The woman obtained a protection order against Bauer last month under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.
According to the woman’s declaration attached to the request for the protection order, she suffered injuries as a result of the second encounter, including two black eyes, a bloodied swollen lip, significant bruising and scratching to one side of her face.
The pitcher’s agents, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, have disputed the allegations and Fetterolf has said his client’s interactions with the woman were wholly consensual. A hearing related to the protection order is scheduled for July 23 and Bauer’s lawyers plan to refute the allegations.
The Giants play a three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis from Friday to Sunday before they travel to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers four times from Monday to Thursday. San Francisco entered the All-Star break with MLB’s best record at 57-32 and have a two-game lead over the Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
The Dodgers start a three-game series with Colorado in Denver on Friday, then host the Rockies from July 23-25. Los Angeles and San Francisco start a three-game series at Oracle Park on July 27.
Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers earlier this year after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season. Bauer is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.