Indians' Bauer taken out in first inning of Game 3 when gruesome cut starts to bleed
Bauer cut his pinky repairing his drone over the weekend
TORONTO -- Over the weekend, the Indians suffered yet another rotation injury as they look for their first World Series championship since 1948. With Carlos Carrasco (hand) and Danny Salazar (forearm) already down, Trevor Bauer managed to cut his pink repairing his drone.
Here's the photo of Bauer's mangled pinky, as shown by the TBS broadcast of Game 3:
GAH! Trevor Bauer's finger (TBS joked he is going as JPP for Halloween) pic.twitter.com/Mqtrp6g22C— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) October 17, 2016
Bauer did indeed start Game 3 on Monday night, but he did not last long. After facing four batters and throwing 21 pitches, the umpires looked at Bauer's finger and determined he could not continue. It started bleeding and that's a no-go. Can't play like that.
The Indians did stitch Bauer up -- he required 10 stitches, to be exact -- and he said he doesn't use his pinky while pitching, so he thought he could go. That can't feel good though. And it had to burn like crazy once he started to sweat.
"It's really a non-issue," said Bauer on Sunday. "I've been able to throw normally and stuff. Like I said, I'm excited for tomorrow."
MLB rules prohibit foreign substances, remember. So that means the trainers couldn't glue the cut closed or anything like that. Bauer couldn't even wear a bandage. He pitched with the stitches exposed and obviously that didn't last very long.
The Indians had a backup plan in case the finger forced Bauer out of the game. They'll use Mike Clevinger out of the bullpen as the long man. Corey Kluber and Ryan Merritt are then scheduled to start Games 4-5 in some order.
I'm not quite sure how Bauer expected to pitch effectively with his pinky mangled like that, but hey, give him credit for trying. The Indians were obviously confident he could do it.
The Indians lead the best-of-seven ALCS 2-0. Bauer was originally scheduled to start Game 2 before having his start pushed back due to the pinky.