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Pitcher Trevor Bauer Won’t Return To Dodgers This Season Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Dodgers star pitcher Trevor Bauer will not return to the team this season because of an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

FILE — Trevor Bauer of the Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

The team confirmed to CBS2 Sports Director Jim Hill Friday that Major League Baseball and the player’s union reached an agreement to keep Bauer on paid administrative leave through the rest of the 2021 season, including the playoffs.

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Bauer has been on administrative leave since early July when the Pasadena Police Department confirmed it was investigating an allegation that Bauer sexually assaulted a San Diego woman at his home on two separate occasions, on April 21 and May 16.

After hearing three days of graphic testimony last month, a L.A. County Superior Court judge denied the 27-year-old woman’s request for a five-year extension of a domestic violence temporary restraining order against Bauer.

In her testimony, she said the two met online and she drove to his Pasadena home on April 21, where she was abused in the first of two sexual encounters.

During their second sexual encounter on May 16, she claimed Bauer initiated anal sex with her after using her long hair to wrap around her neck and render her unconscious. She said she later noticed blood in the toilet bowl while using the restroom and realized that it had occurred during anal sex, which she had never engaged in before.

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The Washington Post also reported last month that Bauer was the subject of a temporary order of protection last year for allegedly physically abusing an Ohio woman and making a death threat toward her. The newspaper said it obtained sealed court records and other documentation in which the woman alleges Bauer punched and choked her without her consent while they were having sex. He also allegedly sent her a text message saying he doesn’t “feel like spending time in jail for killing someone.”

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Bauer signed a three-year contract with the Dodgers in February worth $102 million, including $40 million this season, reported to be the highest single-season salary in baseball history.

Bauer has not yet been criminally charged. Pasadena police have since submitted the results of their investigation to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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