Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave is being extended by another week. That was an expected move by MLB and the Player’s Association as the investigation into his assault on a woman continues by both the league and local authorities. The Dodgers do not have a role in it, for now.
His paid leave was extended to August 20th, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. That date is important since Bauer has a hearing beginning on August 16th to determine the future of a restraining order against him. No word on how important that hearing is for MLB to make a decision on the Dodgers pitcher.
That means that this could potentially be the last time that MLB extends Bauer’s leave. Obviously, MLB could continue their investigation even after a judge makes their decision on the restraining order. The league has shown no urgency thus far to render a decision on the Dodgers pitcher for this season.
Bauer last made an appearance for the Dodgers on June 28th against the Giants. The initial report on his sexual assault allegations broke a few days later and he was initially still scheduled to pitch that weekend. MLB would later put him on administrative leave and they’ve been extending it every 7 days since then.
The hearing is set to run several days and has been delayed a few times now. Bauer’s lawyers had initially requested more time to prepare hence the movement of the initial date. A judge changed the start date again in order to ensure the hearing dates ran consecutively.