Despite ongoing police and MLB investigations into gruesome assault allegations, Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is still scheduled to start in Sunday’s matchup against the Nationals.
The Pasadena Police Department confirmed to The Athletic on Tuesday that Bauer was currently under investigation. The reported incidents occurred in April and May at the 30-year-old’s Pasadena residence. The alleged victim was granted a domestic violence restraining order on June 28. A 68-page restraining order contained graphic images of the assault.
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Bauer traveled to Washington with the team and remains slated to start in the four-game series.
“I’m in the position of following the lead of Major League Baseball,” Roberts said. “Their recommendation was for us to — he was our scheduled Sunday starter, and to move forward and have him start that game on Sunday. … I just choose to follow their lead.”
As stated in the report, Bauer met the woman on Instagram and had sex that began as consensual. The ace allegedly asked if she had ever been choked, when she said yes, he stuck his fingers down her throat “in an aggressive manner.”
She claims he eventually began choking her with her own hair without her consent, which led her to lose consciousness. When she woke up, Bauer was allegedly penetrating her anally, an action she claims she never consented to.
The report states that she spent the night at Bauer’s home as “In [her] state at that time, [she] did not think Trevor was a threat to do anything against [her] will for the remainder of the night.”
A month later, the report states that she went back to Bauer’s residence and they both agreed to use a safe word. However, she alleges that after five minutes he began choking her until she lost consciousness again and when she did wake up Bauer was punching her head.
In the photos she included in the report, her face was “visibly bruised and swollen, including under both of her eyes. She also has a swollen jaw, bloodied lip and scratches to the side of her face.”
Jon Fetterolf, Bauer’s agent, released a statement denying the woman’s claims, calling them “baseless (and) defamatory.”
A hearing will take place on July 23.