Dodgers scrap Bauer’s planned bobblehead night, remove merchandise from team store

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Things are only getting worse for Trevor Bauer. Already on administrative leave in wake of disturbing sexual assault allegations (manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Bauer is unlikely to return anytime soon), the NL’s reigning Cy Young winner was dealt another blow Wednesday when the Dodgers announced, via ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez, that the team has scrapped Bauer’s planned bobblehead night originally scheduled for August 19th. Explaining their decision to remove his merchandise from the team's stadium and online stores, the Dodgers felt it wasn't “appropriate” to promote Bauer while MLB and the Pasadena Police Department conduct their investigations.

A temporary restraining order was filed against Bauer last week after the Dodgers ace was accused of strangling and hitting a woman he met on Instagram to the point of unconsciousness in two separate incidents, with both resulting in injuries. Bauer’s camp insists their encounters were consensual, claiming the two had agreed to “rough” sex.

Known for his flamboyant on-field presence and incessant trolling on social media, the 30-year-old right-hander was the subject of an offseason bidding war between the Mets and Dodgers last winter with Bauer ultimately joining his hometown club on a record, three-year, $102-million contract. L.A.’s starting rotation took another hit Wednesday with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw landing on the injured list with “forearm inflammation,” though it’s possible the Dodgers are simply being cautious with the former MVP ahead of next week’s All-Star break.

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