MLB suspends Trevor Bauer 324 games: What we know and don't know about the two-season ban

MLB handed out a 324-game suspension to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday

he ban -- which covers two full seasons -- is the longest punishment under the sport's domestic violence policy since it was instituted in August of 2015.

Bauer released a statement that he will appeal the suspension, making him the first player to do so under the policy.

What does the suspension mean for Bauer, the Dodgers and Major League Baseball?

Bauer has been on administrative leave since July 2. Does MLB's 324-game suspension start now or include the time Bauer has already missed?

The suspension begins Friday, which means -- given that postseason games do not count

Bauer won't be eligible to return until the 19th game of the 2024 season. While on administrative leave,

Bauer ultimately missed the last 81 regular-season games in 2021 and the first 18 in 2022