Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the rest of the season after Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed to extend his administrative leave through the World Series as he stands accused of sexual assault.
A team spokesperson confirmed the news to DailyMail.com. ESPN was the first to report the decision.
Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave July 2 under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union after a Southern California woman identified as Ms. Hill said he choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters earlier this year.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the rest of the season after Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed to extend his administrative leave through the World Series as he stands accused of sexual assault
Bauer’s accuser, identified by her attorneys as ‘Ms. Hill,’ claimed in her filing that she consented to have sex with Bauer on two occasions, but said he went overboard by punching her, chocking her unconscious, and sodomizing her without her consent. Last month, her attorneys provided DailyMail.com with an unredacted photo (pictured) of their client showing the injuries she allegedly suffered as a result a sexual encounter with Bauer
The Pasadena Police Department last week delivered the results of their three-month investigation into the woman’s allegations to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the case is under review. Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County denied the 27-year-old Hill’s request for a restraining order against Bauer (pictured during an August court appearance). Bauer has said through representatives that everything that happened between the two was ‘wholly consensual’ in the nights they spent together in April and May at his Pasadena home
MLB and the union have since agreed to several extensions, including Friday’s.
The decision to extend the leave through the rest of the season had been expected, given that Bauer had not pitched since June 29 and was running out of time to get back in shape to return to the mound while games remained. The regular season is scheduled to end October 3 and the minimum ramp-up time for pitchers is generally regarded as three weeks.
Bauer now awaits the next steps in the legal case.
The Pasadena Police Department last week delivered the results of their three-month investigation into the woman’s allegations to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the case is under review.
Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County denied the 27-year-old Hill’s request for a restraining order against Bauer. Previously a temporary restraining order against Bauer had been given to Hill in June after she first made her allegations.
The woman known as Ms. Hill, Trevor Bauer accuser, is seen going into the Capital Grille in Downtown Los Angeles with her legal team during the lunch break on the second day of her hearing on August 17
Bauer has said through representatives that everything that happened between the two was ‘wholly consensual’ in the nights they spent together in April and May at his Pasadena home.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.
Earlier this year, after winning his first Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds last season, Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers.
Bauer’s attorneys recently filed text messages between Hill and Bauer and others between Hill and her cousin in which she describes sex with their client as ‘consensual’ but said he ‘took it too far’ by leaving her with black eyes.
In response to the release of the Hill’s text messages, her attorneys provided DailyMail.com with an unredacted photo of their client showing the injuries she allegedly suffered as a result a sexual encounter with Bauer.
‘Look at this picture,’ attorney Bryan Freedman told DailyMail.com in a statement. ‘No one – absolutely no one – can consent to this, logically or legally. Trevor Bauer’s team continues to try to abuse an assault victim. They need to stop. Now.’
Hill’s original filing includes pictures of herself with scratches and bruising on her face and lips. She also said she had bruising on her gums and near her vagina, where Bauer had punched her repeatedly, leaving her ‘crying and violently shaking.’
She said she had sexual encounters with Bauer in April and May, but that both episodes turned violent. She specifically alleged that Bauer punched her in the face, vagina, and buttocks, and strangled her with her own hair until she lost consciousness. Hill was later hospitalized for her injuries.
During one encounter, Hill claims she passed out and found Bauer sodomizing her when she regained consciousness.
‘I agreed to have consensual sex; however, I did not agree or consent to what he did next,’ Hill said in her filing. ‘I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.’
Hill said she was bleeding and struggling to walk after non-consensual anal sex, but added: ‘In my state at that time, I did not think Trevor was a threat to do anything against my will for the remainder of the night.’
The following day, Hill said, Bauer asked Hill jokingly if she was ‘feeling a little sore this morning?’
Hill said she told him that she didn’t enjoy it and said he seemed to understand.
Hill shared pictures of her injuries with her cousin over text messages
Bauer continued to communicate with Hill over text messages and social media for the next three weeks, discussing baseball and her new job. Some of the conversations were of ‘a sexual nature.’
When the pair met again, Hill said they agreed on a safe word which she says Bauer ignored, choking her until she lost consciousness. When she awoke, he was punching her in the face, she claimed.
‘This was the first punch I felt but it is very possible that Trevor had already been punching and scratching the right side of my face while I was unconscious,’ she said.
‘Trevor then punched me hard with a closed fist to the left side of my jaw, the left side of my head, and both cheekbones. I remember this vividly and it was extremely startling and painful.
‘I was absolutely frozen and terrified. I could not speak or move. After punching me several times, he then flipped me back onto my stomach and began choking me with hair. I lost consciousness again.’
Hill said that she was crying and shaking after regaining consciousness and that Bauer reportedly began to console her, allegedly saying: ‘You’re safe. I’m here. You’re safe… I would never do those things to you if it wasn’t sexually.’
Messages released in court filings reveal Hill telling her cousin that her face was ‘f***ed up’
When she returned from Pasadena to San Diego the following day, Hill experienced severe headaches and began vomiting. After speaking with friends, she checked herself into a local emergency room where she told medical staff what happened to her.
In a subsequent text message exchange included in the petition and reviewed by DailyMail.com, Hill told Bauer that doctors thought the ‘bruises/swelling’ on her face would last another week, but that she wasn’t sure when her ‘head symptoms’ would subside.
‘I just want it all to go away,’ she wrote Bauer.
‘I feel so bad that this happened,’ he responded. ‘Wish I could be there with you through it.’
‘Just grateful that you are showing that you care,’ she wrote.
‘I do. I absolutely do,’ he texted her. ‘Never want to see you hurting.’
After going to the hospital, Hill spoke to multiple San Diego Police Department detectives but said she downplayed the alleged incident as ‘rough sex’ and did not reveal Bauer’s name.
‘I was afraid what Trevor would do if he found out,’ Hill said in the restraining order request. ‘I remain afraid that Trevor will find me and hurt me for going to the hospital.’
Hill described their encounters as ‘consensual,’ but said he ‘took it too far’ by leaving her with black eyes, according to text messages released by his attorneys (pictured)
In the document, Hill explained that she spoke with Bauer by phone at the instruction of police, who were recording the call.
During that conversation, Hill said she asked Bauer: ‘What did you do to me when I was unconscious?’
In response, he allegedly admitted that he had repeatedly punched her in the buttocks. She said that he changed the topic when she said she did not consent to being punched.
Hill claimed that the call ended with Bauer acknowledging that he punched her and asking how they could move forward and if he could contact her.
In one of her last messages to Bauer, Hill claims she told him the best way for him to help her would be to ‘never do this to anyone else ever again.’
‘I would never do anything to hurt anyone,’ he responded. ‘That includes you.’
The California-born Bauer ranks among baseball’s best pitchers and won the National League Cy Young award last season as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He last pitched on Monday, yielding two runs over six innings in a win over the San Francisco Giants.
He celebrated his impressive 2020 season by inking a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers before the 2021 campaign.
Prior to his successful one-year stint with Cincinnati, Bauer pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. He also played collegiately at UCLA where he set a single-season Pac-12 strikeout record.
Bauer, 30, won the National League Cy Young Award as a member of the Cincinnati Reds last April. He is now on paid leave following the allegations and will be for the remainder of 2021