Bauers is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Bauers and fellow lefty-hitting regular Jason Kipnis will be given the day off with southpaw Daniel Norris on the bump for Detroit. Jordan Luplow will enter the outfield in place of Bauers, who has opened the second half with a 1-for-10 showing at the dish.
Bauers went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's series finale against the Reds. Bauers struck in the fifth inning with a two-run blast to center field, extending Cleveland's lead to four on the way to an 11-1 victory. He'll head into the All-Star break having registered a multi-hit effort in five of his last six games, boosting his average 25 points over that span.
Bauers went 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Tuesday's 9-5 win over the Royals. After going 1-for-22 over his prior eight games, Bauers has snapped to life with six hits in his last two, tying his career high with Tuesday's four-hit performance. His .237/.308/.401 slash line on the season remains poor, but Cleveland's lack of options in the outfield corners still gives the 23-year-old plenty of job security heading into the second half.
Bauers went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Royals. After sitting for a couple of days due to a minor ankle sprain, Bauers returned to the lineup and launched his fifth homer in June and 10th of the season. The 23-year-old has a clear path to a regular starting job open to him given Cleveland's current depth chart in the outfield, but his .224/.302/.384 slash line on the year will need to improve significantly for him to claim it.
Bauers (ankle) will start in left field and bat sixth Wednesday against the Royals. Bauers was withheld from the lineup the past two days after rolling his left ankle during batting practice Monday, but his inclusion in the starting nine for the series finale suggests he responded well to treatment and rest. Prior to sustaining the injury, Bauers had gone hitless in 12 at-bats over his last four starts, negating most of the offensive progress he had displayed in the preceding week.
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