MLB and MLBPA both agreed to place him on administrative leave, where he would stay for the rest of the 2021 season.
As the 2022 regular season approaches, there are doubts as to whether we will see him put on a Dodgers uniform and pitch again.
Bauer was not criminally charged but could still face a suspension when MLB concludes its investigation.
One Dodgers insider provided an update on Bauer and where things stand entering the 2022 season.
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to extend Trevor Bauer's administrative leave through April 16, a league source told The Athletic. @JorgeCastillo on it.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 17, 2022
Will Bauer Return?
For now, he remains on administrative leave.
It appears likely that MLB and MLBPA will continue to extend his leave until the investigation is complete.
There’s no clear timetable as to when it will be complete, but for now, Bauer is out through at least April 16.
When the investigation is complete, it’s very possible that he will be handed a suspension, similar to how Marcell Ozuna was last year when news broke of a domestic violence dispute between him and his wife.
In 17 starts last year, Bauer, then the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, posted an 8-5 record and pitched to an impressive 2.59 ERA, including a complete game, but he has been out since then and it’s anyone’s guess as to when MLB will conclude its investigation.
But once it is complete, Bauer will likely face a long-term suspension.
But he may never suit up for the Dodgers again if a suspension is handed out.