The Dodgers are more than likely going to be making a move for a starting pitcher this month. As the trade deadline approaches, they find themselves with only 3 starting pitchers coming out of the All-Star break. They need some help.
That need became a little bit more clear on Wednesday afternoon. The MLB and the Player’s Association reportedly agreed to extend the administrative leave for Trevor Bauer. The Dodgers will now be without him until at least July 27th due to the extension.
Bauer is still under investigation by authorities in Pasadena for felony assault. Major League Baseball is doing their own investigation to determine what sort of punishment will be handed down to the Dodgers pitcher. It’s unclear right now if MLB’s investigation hinges on the criminal investigation, but both are ongoing.
Trevor Bauer Update: Leave Extended, Dodgers Teammates ‘Moving Forward’ Without Bauer
Bauer and his agent were spotted hiking in Zion National Park this week while he continues to be away from the Dodgers. He last pitched in a game on June 28th against the Giants. So by the time this next phase of approved leave passes, Bauer will have been out a full month.
The MLB and Player’s Association are required to agree on any leave that extends beyond 7 days. This is the second time that the two sides have allowed for Bauer’s leave to be extended 7 days. No word yet on what needs to happen should the investigation need more time after the 27th of this month.