Trevor Bauer Placed on Administrative Leave
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball, forcing him to miss his scheduled start on July 4.
This decision comes after it was alleged that Bauer committed sexual assault, and the league has launched an investigation.
Bauer and his representatives have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in this case, but the pitcher has declined to appeal the decision from MLB. During this time away from the Dodgers, Bauer will continue to get paid his full salary.
MLB and the MLB Player’s Association has agreed to a joint domestic violence policy that handles with instances such as this. This policy also includes language for a possible length of suspension should the league find that Bauer is guilty.
There is a chance that Bauer could be away from the team through the All-Star Break, but MLB would have to request a longer administrative leave. During this time, Bauer is not allowed to be with the team in any capacity and cannot work out at the team facilities.
A domestic violence restraining order was filed last week in Los Angeles County, and it details two specific instances of sexual assault. According to the report, Bauer choked the victim until she lost consciousness and also inflicted injuries that required hospitalization.
According to the report, these two instances occurred on April 21 and May 16. The victim lives in San Diego, and this restraining order would prevent Bauer from going within 100 yards of the woman.
Major League Baseball has taken a hard stance against domestic violence in the past, issuing suspensions long enough that could cost Bauer the remainder of the 2021 season. Bauer’s camp has admitted that a sexual encounter took place but that it was consensual.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have issued statements regarding the situation but will not comment on the investigation moving forward. This case is also being investigated by local police authorities, but no charges have been filed at this time.
Santiago’s Appeal Hearing Upcoming
In other big news regarding an MLB pitcher, Hector Santiago of the Seattle Mariners is expected to have his appeal heard this week. Santiago was the first pitcher suspended under the new foreign substance policy, but he immediately appealed that decision.
On June 26, Santiago was ejected from a game against the Chicago White Sox after the umpire determined that he had a sticky substance on his glove. That glove was immediately confiscated for what Santiago and the Mariners believed would be further testing.
According to the league, further testing was not done on the glove, and the decision is ultimately left up to the umpiring crew. Santiago is expected to use this argument in the appeal as he claims it was a mixture of rosin and sweat.
Santiago was back on the mound on Friday night for the Rangers, and umpires had an issue with his glove in this appearance as well. Umpires felt that his glove was gray instead of the black that is required.
The decision from this appeal could play a major factor if similar suspensions are given out in the future.
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