WASHINGTON (AP) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said pitcher Trevor Bauer is still on track to start Sunday against the Washington Nationals as police and Major League Baseball investigate an allegation assault on the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
Police in Pasadena, Calif., Are investigating allegations of a woman who also obtained a protection order against Bauer, according to her attorney. Jon Fetterolf, Bauer’s co-agent, disputed the allegations.
Roberts said Thursday that Bauer’s availability to pitch is “out of our hands,” deferring to the league. Under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has the authority to put a player on administrative leave while the allegations are investigated.
“I am able to follow the lead of Major League Baseball,” said Roberts. “Their recommendation was for us to… he was our scheduled (starter) Sunday, and to go ahead and start this game on Sunday. And so in order for me to try to read more in it outside of what they advised me and us to do, I simply choose to follow their lead. “
Players can be suspended without being charged with a felony under the MLB Domestic Violence Policy, which was collectively negotiated. Teams cannot enforce discipline unless the league approves it.
Roberts said he spoke with Bauer but would not share details of their conversation. He also declined to comment on several follow-up questions.
Bauer emerged from the Dodgers clubhouse and jumped onto the pre-game field Thursday just before 5 p.m. Bauer quickly walked past reporters, descended the steps of the canoe, and returned to the clubhouse when asked to comment.
A hearing in the Bauer case is scheduled for July 23.
The protection order was obtained under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and was the result of an “assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer” where the woman “suffered severe physical pain. and emotional, ”said attorney Marc Garelick.
Fetterolf disputed allegations that Bauer committed non-consensual violence. He said Bauer met the woman in April and the two had “a brief, fully consensual initiated sex” by the woman.
Bauer is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA this season for Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $ 102 million contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.
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