The Dodgers are probably going to be without a 5th starting pitcher for a while. With Trevor Bauer placed on administrative leave last week, it was expected that he would miss 2 turns in the rotation. That number could be going up.
Speaking with the media on Monday afternoon, Roberts revealed that he did not expect Bauer to be back with the Dodgers this week. His 7 days of administrative leave allowed under the league’s policy with the Player’s Association are set to expire at the end of the week.
The league could extend the leave, but that would also require the approval of the Player’s Association. It’s unclear at this time if the MLBPA would allow for that given their relative silence on the matter. The Dodgers do not have a say in how his leave is handled.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he doesn't expect Trevor Bauer to be activated this week when his 7-day administrative leave could potentially end. "I don't see that happening," Roberts said. MLB can extend the admin. leave but only with MLBPA agreeing to it
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 5, 2021
The specific verbiage used in the policy indicates that there is good reason to believe that the leave would be extended to 14 days. But that still leaves questions as to what happens after those 14 days. The Dodgers pitcher has a hearing scheduled for July 24th, well outside of the 14-day window.
Regardless, Bauer will not be back with the Dodgers this week. His next turn in the rotation was expected to be on Friday in Los Angeles. They will instead pivot their bullpen game to Wednesday. Julio Urias will start on Thursday and Clayton Kershaw got bumped to the Friday start.