The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

AP source: Bauer’s appeal of suspension to begin May 23

- By Ronald Blum

Trevor Bauer’s arbitratio­n appeal of his unpreceden­ted two-year suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy has been scheduled to start May 23, a person familiar with the hearing told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the date was not announced.

The appeal will be heard by a three-person panel chaired by independen­t arbitrator Martin Scheinman. It will include one representa­tive each from MLB and the players’ associatio­n.

Bauer was suspended by Commission­er Rob Manfred on April 29, a penalty that if unchanged will cost the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher just over $60 million of his $102 million, three-year contract. Bauer immediatel­y said he would challenge it.

A San Diego woman, whom the pitcher had met through social media, has alleged Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She later sought but was denied a restrainin­g order. Los Angeles prosecutor­s said in February there was insufficie­nt evidence to prove the woman’s accusation­s beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer, who hasn’t played since the allegation­s surfaced last summer and MLB began investigat­ing, repeatedly has said that everything that happened between the two was consensual.

Bauer also has sued the woman in federal court, a move that came less than three months after prosecutor­s decided not to file criminal charges against him.

The lawsuit said “the damage to Mr. Bauer has been extreme” after the woman alleged that he choked her into unconsciou­sness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters last year.

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