Manager Terry Francona said Bauer will be available in relief for Game 3 against the Astros, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Bauer is lined up to start Game 4, but after the Indians lost the first two games of the series, they want to have all of their top pitchers available in order to stave off elimination. If Bauer isn't used, he would start Game 4 as planned, but if he does pitch Monday, Shane Bieber would get the nod Tuesday against Houston.
Bauer tossed four scoreless innings to capture his first career save in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Royals. He gave up two hits and no walks and struck out two over the 51-pitch appearance. After missing more than a month with a lower-leg fracture, Bauer has looked like his dominant self over his three abbreviated appearances since rejoining the big club, tossing 9.1 innings in total and yielding just two runs on nine hits and one walk. Though he worked in relief Sunday and may do so again in one of the first two games of the Tribe's American League Divisional Series against the Astros, Bauer should slot back into the rotation for Game 3 or 4. Because he hasn't surpassed 60 pitches in any of his outings since returning to action, however, Bauer may not take on his usual starter's workload immediately upon rejoining the rotation.
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.