Trevor Bauer case: Major League Baseball investigators looking into range of inquiries, sources say

ByBuster Olney ESPN logo
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer placed on administrative leave
Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers pitcher who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in Pasadena, has been placed on administrative leave.

Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault allegations.

With five days remaining in Trevor Bauer's current administrative leave, rendered after he was accused of sexual assault, Major League Baseball investigators are pursuing a range of inquiries, sources told ESPN.

Investigators intend to speak with the woman who obtained a restraining order against Bauer last week. To date, MLB investigators have communicated with her lawyer, but hope to speak to her directly, sources said.

In a domestic violence restraining order filed against Bauer last Monday, the woman said Bauer strangled her to the point of unconsciousness during sex on multiple occasions, repeatedly punched her in the face during sex and left her with injuries that required hospitalization. Bauer has denied the accusations.

Investigators are delving into Bauer's history and the question of whether there have been other incidents, sources said, a line of inquiry that MLB has followed in cases subject to the sport's domestic violence policy. At some point, MLB officials would like to speak to Bauer directly, but it is unclear if that will happen any time soon.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher is under criminal investigation by the Pasadena Police Department, and any conversation he has with MLB would be subject to subpoena. The case is expected to be sent to the Pasadena district attorney's office.

Theoretically, Bauer's administrative leave ends on Friday. However, there have been repeated instances in the past that MLB players under criminal investigation have shifted to indefinite leave, to allow time for resolution of the legal matters and for baseball to advance its own inquiries.

If you are the victim of domestic abuse, or you know someone who is, there is help available 24/7. You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-4673.