Trevor Bauer Returns to Camelback Ranch, Pitching for Japanese Tryout Club

Trevor Bauer Returns to Camelback Ranch, Pitching for Japanese Tryout Club

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer made a return to Camelback Ranch on Sunday, pitching in an exhibition game for a Japanese tryout club called Asian Breeze. Bauer, who has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault in recent years, threw three scoreless innings and reportedly reached 99 mph with his fastball. Despite his claims of being one of the best pitchers in the world, Bauer has yet to be signed by an MLB team for the upcoming season.

After being released by the Dodgers last year, Bauer spent the previous season playing in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. He has offered to play for the league-minimum salary in MLB this season but remains without a contract. In the absence of a big league job, Bauer accepted an invitation to pitch for Asian Breeze this spring.

The exhibition game against prospects from the Dodgers’ minor league teams took place on a nondescript backfield at Camelback Ranch. Bauer expressed his indifference towards the opponents he faced, stating that he simply enjoys pitching. However, the awkwardness of the occasion was undeniable, given the serious allegations he has faced.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are facing bullpen challenges ahead of their season-opening games in South Korea. Right-handed reliever Brusdar Graterol will miss the international trip due to tightness in his left hip and discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Fellow right-hander Blake Treinen is also questionable for the trip after suffering a bruised lung from a line drive hit during a recent game. Despite the injuries, manager Dave Roberts considers Treinen’s diagnosis a blessing as there are no broken ribs.

Graterol, who has only made one Cactus League appearance this spring, expressed disappointment at missing the Korea trip but remains hopeful of being ready for the Dodgers’ domestic opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 28. Roberts did not provide a specific timeline for Graterol’s return but mentioned that Daniel Hudson might replace him on the Korea roster.

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