The Los Angeles Dodgers signed All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer after the 2020 season who is looking to repeat as World Series champions by adding another ace to their star-studded rotation.
But now in 2022, Bauer hasn’t pitched for the club since last June as MLB investigates him for alleged sexual assault. Bauer was placed on administrative leave last July, and it has been periodically extended until the 2021 World Series.
He was put back on the shortlist before the start of spring training and, most recently, that stay was pushed back to April 22.
While Bauer remains on leave, there was also a report that he might try to challenge MLB and show up at Dodger Stadium for their series finale against the Cincinnati Reds, but manager Dave Roberts said that he hadn’t seen the right-hander introduce himself before. the game.
“I have no idea. I really don’t know,” Roberts said. “I feel like we’ve all heard, but I haven’t seen it.”
While Bauer’s potential to join the team could end up being a distraction, Roberts said his club are only focused on winning the game ahead of them and hopes they can block out the noise, saying there will always be things that will occur. .
“I think we’re just focused on winning a baseball game,” the skipper said.
Bauer had previously been cleared by the Pasadena Police Department to face criminal charges, but under MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Commissioner Rob Manfred can still impose a suspension.
Dodgers not worried about when MLB makes Bauer decision
The Dodgers are still awaiting clarification on what suspension or punishment, if any, the league will give the 31-year-old pitcher, but at this time the situation is beyond their control until Manfred makes a decision.
“Honestly, I have no idea. And it’s so out of my control or any of our controls,” Roberts said when asked if an MLB decision would help the “So I think we’re just focused on what we can control. So that’s kind of where I’m thinking right now.
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