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After being released by the Dodgers, Trevor Bauer makes a comeback in a sparsely-populated Japanese minor league stadium.

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Trevor Bauer Plays Again in a Japanese Minor League Half-Full Stadium … After MLB All-Star Scandal Cut by Dodgers After 194-Game Ban Over Sexual Assault Allegations 2021

Trevor Bauer started Saturday in his second minor league game in Japan and said he needs to increase his pitching count before he can make his debut with the Yokohama Baystars.

The former Cy Young winner, who has yet to be signed by any major league club following domestic abuse allegations, joined Yokohama last month on a one-year deal.

Bauer said he doesn’t know when he’ll start for Yokohama, and if he does know he doesn’t say.

Nor is the team that won their last league title 25 years ago and is counting on Bauer to make it happen.

“It’s just about building up the pitch count right now, and making sure I can pitch a full game if needed,” Bauer said after pitching 77 pitches in five innings in a minor league game southwest of Tokyo.

The stands were half empty in southwestern Tokyo on Saturday when Trevor Bauer bowled again

Bauer is playing in Japan after being banned for 194 matches due to allegations of sexual assault

Bauer is playing in Japan after being banned for 194 matches due to allegations of sexual assault

Bauer answers reporters' questions after participating in Japan's minor leagues

Bauer answers reporters’ questions after participating in Japan’s minor leagues

He gave up one kick earned in two hits. Bauer had two hits and left in the sixth after walking the first and giving up a groundout to the next.

Bauer said his fastball was “not quite as good” as it was in his minor league debut last weekend. He described the performance as “good rather than great” on a cold day on a dirt field.

There were a few thousand fans in the stands, many of them wearing Bauer’s jersey number 96. The Japanese weren’t often critical of the signing and Bauer was – as expected – lauding about things in Japan.

I think it was good. I didn’t expect it to be this difficult. I know how to get to and from work, which is the most important thing. I feel like I’ve done really well so far.

He said the weather on Saturday had not affected him and the timing of his first start for Yokohama was unclear.

“This is something we have to talk to the team about, what (number of pitch) they want me to hit,” he said. “I learned today that the plan was to get to around 75 and we’ve accomplished that. So we’re going to get together and decide on a plan going forward.

The first week of May might be one of the good guesses during Golden Week, which is a traditional vacation time for many Japanese.

The Dodgers cut ties with Bauer after he was initially suspended for 324 games following sexual assault accusations in 2021

The lawsuit is the latest chapter in the ongoing legal battle between the suspended MLB star and Lindsey Hill (pictured), who is fighting Bauer in Los Angeles federal court in response to a defamation lawsuit he filed against her in April.

The Dodgers cut ties with Bauer after he was initially suspended for 324 games following accusations of sexual assault in 2021 by Lindsey Hill (pictured right)

Hill accused Bauer of having left her with bruises on her face and body after intercourse

Hill accused Bauer of having left her with bruises on her face and body after intercourse

Last week, Bauer made his Little League debut and a lot of fans wore T-shirts with his name on it

Last week, Bauer made his Little League debut and a lot of fans wore T-shirts with his name on it

Bauer was unable to find a major league team to sign him this season even after an arbitrator cut his unprecedented 324-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer last April after a San Diego woman said he beat and sexually assaulted her in 2021. Bauer said everything that happened between them was consensual.

He was never charged with a crime, and a California judge found the woman’s allegations “materially misleading.”

Bauer joined the hometown Dodgers prior to the 2021 season and was 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts before being placed on paid leave. The Dodgers are charged $22.5 million in salary this season.

(tags for translation) Daily Mail

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