Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer accused of assault against woman in Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 23:  Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pauses between pitches during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is under investigation after a woman claimed he assaulted her earlier this year, according to TMZ.

The alleged victim was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Pasadena police are reportedly investigating the claim, with Bauer cooperating with authorities.

Marc Garelick, the attorney representing the woman, told Yahoo Sports in a statement that his client had obtained protection via the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.

"The order is a result of a recent assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer where [the alleged victim] suffered severe physical and emotional pain."

The attorney continued ... saying he expects criminal charges to ultimately be filed against the MLB All-Star.

"Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible. We anticipate there will be criminal action against Mr. Bauer, and it is our hope law enforcement will take our client’s allegations and case seriously."

A statement from Bauer's agent issued to Yahoo Sports characterized the relationship between Bauer and the woman as "brief and wholly consensual," with requests from the woman for rough sex. Following their second encounter, the statement claimed the woman shared photos with Bauer indicating she sought treatment for a concussion, to which the agent says Bauer responded “with concern and confusion," while the alleged victim was "neither angry nor accusatory."

By the statement's account, Bauer and the woman have not corresponded in over a month, and claims her basis for a restraining order is "nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications."

MLB just became aware of the allegation and will be looking into it.

Trevor Bauer is among the most controversial players in MLB

Bauer, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, joined the Dodgers in free agency last offseason on an unusually structured three-year, $102 million deal. The deal rewarded Bauer for a career defined as much by its controversy as its success, a dynamic that has more than continued in Los Angeles.

Known as a brash and combative personality, Bauer has been repeatedly criticized for his behavior on social media, most notably for an incident in which he and his supporters harassed a female college student off Twitter for criticizing him on the platform. He is among the most politically outspoken players in baseball, known for supporting former President Donald Trump, criticizing the media and denying climate change.

Recently, Bauer has also become a poster boy of the ongoing battle over pitchers' use of sticky substances in MLB.

Until 2018, Bauer had posted mostly mediocre results while decrying the use of sticky substances in the league, most notably by the Houston Astros. His stock started rising that year, though, as did the spin rates on his pitches, the calling card of using such substances.

Bauer posted a career year in 2018, posting a 2.21 ERA in 175 1/3 innings with 221 strikeouts. After a rocky 2019, he won the NL Cy Young in 2020 with a 1.73 ERA in 11 starts. The success has continued into 2021, in which he has a 2.59 ERA in a league-leading 107 2/3 innings.

Spin rates on his pitches have decreased significantly since MLB announced a crackdown on using such substances, indicating he has ceased using the substances.

Hannah Keyser contributed reporting.

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