Trevor Bauer Injury: Updates on Indians Pitcher's Finger and Return

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured Columnist

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 06:  Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game one of the American League Divison Series at Progressive Field on October 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer missed Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays after cutting his pinkie while fixing a drone on Oct. 14. The cut required several stitches, per Tom Withers of the Herald-Tribune.

While Bauer started Game 3 of the ALCS, he was unable to make it past the first inning. However, he is expected to pitch in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs

Continue for updates.

Latest on Bauer's Timeline to Return 

Sunday, Oct. 23

Bauer is slated to pitch in Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today

Bauer Comments on Playing Status

Thursday, Oct. 20

"I'll be ready to pitch in the World Series whenever they need me," Bauer said, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. "I'm doing everything I can and I'll be back out there for sure."

Bauer Pulled After 21 Pitches in Game 3

Monday, Oct. 17

Bauer walked two batters and recorded two outs before the bleeding from his finger was too much to ignore. MLB shared video of Bauer's finger:

Dan Otero would replace Bauer.

Francona Comments on Bauer's Injury

Friday, Oct. 14

Indians manager Terry Francona stayed upbeat when speaking with the media on Friday, per Tyler Kepner of the New York Times: "We've all, at some point or another, had a drone-related problem."

Bauer Enjoying Best Season of Young Career 

The 25-year-old Bauer, who was the third overall pick of the 2011 draft, put together his best season in the majors in 2016, posting a 12-8 record and 4.26 ERA in a career-high 35 games this year. 

He made his first career postseason start in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, going 4.2 innings while allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six.

While he didn't get the win, the Indians' bats did enough to take Game 1 and spark a series sweep to clinch a spot in the ALCS against the Blue Jays.

Thanks to the sweep, the Indians had enough time to swap Bauer's spot in the rotation with veteran Josh Tomlin. 


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com


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