Bauer allowed no runs on two hits in 1.1 innings Friday against the Red Sox, recording one strikeout and one walk in a no-decision. Making his first appearance since Aug. 11, Bauer (lower leg) eased back into things with a short start, throwing 17 of 34 pitches for strikes. The stint on the disabled list put a damper on what has been an excellent season for Bauer, as he's posted a 2.21 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and a .207 batting average against with 215 punchouts in 167.1 innings this year. He'll look to stretch things out a bit further in his next start against the White Sox in Chicago.
Bauer (lower leg) was activated off the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday's start against the Red Sox. Bauer is set to throw a couple innings against the American League's top team, with Shane Bieber set to follow. Bauer is also expected to start Tuesday against the White Sox and could return to the rotation for the playoffs if all goes well.
Bauer (lower leg) felt good after a simulated game Tuesday and is nearly ready to return to game action, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Bauer has been out since mid-August after suffering a lower-leg fracture. He believes he's ready to return now, though it remains to be seen whether or not the team agrees. Cleveland has already clinched a playoff berth and it can't improve its postseason standing, so the team has little to play for over the last two weeks of the regular season, though Bauer could likely use an outing or two before the playoffs start. When he does return, it could be in a bullpen capacity.
Team president Chris Antonetti told MLB Network Radio that Bauer (lower leg) could pitch out of the bullpen during the playoffs. "It's definitely something we talked about," Antonetti said. The Indians aren't quite ready to make a decision regarding Bauer's role once he returns, as the team wants to see how the right-hander responds to an increased workload first. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen session over the weekend and is expected to face live hitters Tuesday for the first time since suffering a stress fracture in his right fibula in mid-August. While Bauer is making encouraging progress, he may not have enough time to fully build back up to a starter's workload before the end of the season, which would leave him to fill a high-leverage, multi-inning relief role for the Indians.
Bauer (lower leg) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will pitch to hitters prior to Cleveland's game against the White Sox on Tuesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. In addition to throwing a bullpen on the field Saturday, Bauer continued to play long toss in the outfield, further extending his throwing distance. Manager Terry Francona has yet to set any sort of official target date for Bauer, but the right-hander appears to be making solid progress as he passes the one-month mark of his injury.