REPORT: Trevor Bauer May Argue Administrative Leave No Longer Binding, and Simply Show Up This Weekend

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REPORT: Trevor Bauer May Argue Administrative Leave No Longer Binding, and Simply Show Up This Weekend

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Pursuant to the joint domestic violence agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been on administrative leave since mid-2021. He was initially placed on leave after allegations surfaced about serious sexual abuse with a woman who was seeking a restraining order. That order was denied, and the prosecutor’s office subsequently decided not to pursue charges. Bauer has denied that there was any assault, and has maintained that the encounter was consensual.

Since MLB’s investigation began, the league and the union have periodically agreed to extend Bauer’s leave, presumably until the Commissioner’s Office is prepared to levy punishment. The latest agreement would have had Bauer out until at least April 22.

But according to a new L.A. Times report, Bauer may have … simply decided he’s had enough? And could just show up this weekend at Dodger Stadium:

What an ugly scene this could create for the Dodgers if Bauer – whom the Dodgers may ultimately want to release whenever he’s reinstated – just shows up and demands to be part of the team again. How do you stop that? I mean, practically speaking. Do you get security? It’s wild to even think about.

Ultimately, I doubt that scene is what Bauer and his camp would want to create. Instead, reading the report, it sounds like the intention here is to force the Commissioner’s Office to make its punishment decision by Saturday night. I guess we’ll see what happens.


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.