The extension, which came on the last day of Bauer’s initial leave, was obtained with the consent of the MLB Players Association. MLBPA must give consent for any extension of administrative leave, which guarantees players full compensation and up-time while investigations continue.
MLB and Pasadena Police Department are conducting separate investigations into Bauer after a woman accused him of strangling her until she repeatedly passed out, hitting her in multiple places on her body and leaving her with injuries that required hospitalization during two sexual encounters this year.
Bauer’s co-agents Rachel Luba and Jon Fetterolf released a statement shortly after the MLB announcement on Thursday.“We continue to refute [the woman’s] allegations in the strongest possible terms and Mr. Bauer vehemently denies his account of their two meetings, ”the statement read.
“Again, the administrative leave is neither a disciplinary measure nor does it reflect in any way a conclusion of the league investigation. “
The allegations are part of a domestic violence restraining order filed in LA County Superior Court last week, copies of which were obtained by ESPN.
The restraining order was executed as a temporary ex parte, which can be obtained without intervention from the other party. Bauer’s side plans to deny the account at a hearing scheduled for July 23, according to its representatives. Last week, those representatives released a statement denying that Bauer had assaulted the woman, calling the meetings “completely consensual.”
The Dodgers canceled Bauer’s bobblehead party, scheduled for Aug. 19, and withdrew his merchandise from the team and online stores, saying they “didn’t think it was appropriate” given the inquiries.
Bauer, winner of the 2020 National League Cy Young Award as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, joined the Dodgers with a record three-year, $ 102 million contract in February. His extended leave ensures he won’t be on the squad during the All-Star break.