Major League Baseball
placed Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer
on administrative leave for seven days on Friday after a woman accused him of sexual assault
and other abuse
said it was looking into the allegations against Bauer, as did the Los Angeles Police Department
earlier this week.
The following is MLB's statement regarding Trevor Bauer's seven-day administrative leave: pic.twitter.com/Nvd5o9LsHo — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 2, 2021
According to the sports
magazine The Athletic, a woman filed a domestic violence
restraining order against Bauer, 30, last month, accusing him of sexual assault and punching her in the genitals and face.
Bauer has refuted the woman's allegations, calling them "fraudulent" and insisting the two had a "brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated" by the woman.
Bauer's agents announced on Friday that he would not appeal MLB's decision and reiterated his denial of the woman's allegations.
Trevor Bauer has decided not to appeal MLB's decision, according to his representatives: pic.twitter.com/jpNNAncqWZ — Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 2, 2021
Despite the allegations against him, Bauer, who won the prestigious Cy Young Award last year for the league's best pitcher, was scheduled to start against the Washington Nationals
Bauer's availability to pitch was "out of our hands," according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who said he would defer to the league's recommendation.
“I’m in the position of following Major League Baseball’s lead,” Roberts said. “He was our scheduled [starter] Sunday, and to move forward and start that game on Sunday, and so for me to try to read into it any further outside of what they advised me and us to do, I simply choose to follow their lead.”