Trevor Bauer's legal situation received a positive update on Aug. 19, but the reigning National League Cy Young winner will not be allowed to return to the diamond just yet.
The MLB and the players' union have decided to extend Bauer's paid administrative leave from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a seventh time. Another decision will have to be made soon since his administrative leave expires on Sept. 3 - for now.
Bauer is currently under investigation by the MLB because he was accused of sexual assault in late June. The Pasadena Police Department is also looking into these allegations.
Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Dianna Gould-Saltman ruled to dissolve the temporary restraining order obtained against Bauer. That decision was considered a win for Bauer in the eyes of the public.
Until the MLB and Pasadena Police Department complete their investigations, though, Bauer will have to stay away from the Dodgers.
Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million with the Dodgers last offseason. He was expected to lead the defending champions' rotation, but those plans were derailed by this disturbing situation.
In 17 starts for the Dodgers this season, Bauer had an 8-5 record with a 2.59 ERA with 137 strikeouts.
Barring a surprisingly quick investigation, MLB fans will probably not learn about Bauer's future in the league until after the 2021 season is over.