Bauers was optioned to Cleveland's alternative camp site Wednesday.
Bauers evidently didn't do enough in camp to even earn a bench spot. The 24-year-old hasn't done much through his first 213 big-league games, hitting a modest .214/.314/.377, not nearly good enough for a player limited to first base and the outfield corners defensively.
Bauers was on the roster bubble when camp was suspended, MLB.com's Mandy Bell reports.
He had a shot to make the team as a fifth outfielder, but that could get more complicated if Tyler Naquin (knee) is healthy and up to speed when the season starts. Bauers hit .143 with 11 strikeouts and zero walks in 28 plate appearances this spring.
Bauers has been working on his swing mechanics all winter and says his confidence is high entering 2020, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. "I've never felt as good hitting as I do now," Bauers said. "It's not just BP, either. We're in the cage hitting off the velo machine. I could never hit that thing and I'm squaring balls up. I'm just excited to get into games, because obviously that's where it matters. You can be the best 5 o'clock hitter in the world. It doesn't matter. I'm just excited to get into games and see how it plays."
It's nice to hear he's feeling confident, but Bauers will have to show it on the field this spring to secure his spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster, which is more crowded after the addition of Domingo Santana. After struggling mightily in his first year with the Cleveland organization, Bauers went to work in the offseason, learning more about swing mechanics and developing proper daily routines. Manager Terry Francona recently noted that he's noticed a big leap in Bauers' maturity from last season.
Bauers isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Bauers also took a seat Sunday, so following a scheduled off day Monday, he's in line for a third straight day off. Greg Allen is starting in left field and will hit seventh.
Bauers remains on the bench Sunday against the Twins.
Bauers has now sat for eight straight games. The last five have all come against lefties, though righty Randy Dobnak will open for Minnesota on Sunday. Greg Allen gets the start in left field.
Bauers is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
He will end up sitting for both games of the twin bill, as the Twins went with a pair of lefties (Devin Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe). Jordan Luplow is starting in left field and hitting fifth.
Bauers is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Jordan Luplow will start in left field while batting fifth against southpaw Devin Smeltzer. Look for Bauers to be back in the lineup for Game 2, which the Twins are expected to treat as a bullpen game.
Bauers will sit Wednesday against the Angels.
Bauers hits the bench for the fourth straight game, though three of those have come against lefty starters like Wednesday's starter Dillon Peters. Jordan Luplow gets the start again in left field.
Bauers isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
Bauers will head to the bench for a second straight day with another lefty slated to take the mound. Jordan Luplow draws the start in left field and will hit fifth.
Bauers isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
Bauers will head to the bench with a lefty in Patrick Sandoval slated to toe the rubber for the opposition. Jordan Luplow draws the start in left field and will bat fifth.
Bauers is not starting Sunday against the Twins.
Bauers finds himself on the bench for the second straight game. Greg Allen remains the starter in left field.
Bauers will sit Saturday against the Twins.
Bauers has gone 2-for-13 with eight walks since returning to the big-league roster in late August. Greg Allen will start in left field Saturday.
Bauers was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Bauers was likely going to rejoin the Indians in September when rosters expanded, but he's up earlier than expected after Tyler Naquin was sent to the injured list with a torn ACL. The 23-year-old struggled before being sent to the minors at the beginning of August -- hitting .185 with a .520 OPS and 30.1 strikeout rate in 18 second-half games -- and didn't necessarily impress during his time with Columbus, slashing .247/.350/.427 with three home runs and eight steals in 24 games. There's playing time to be had in the outfield with Naquin done for the year, though Greg Allen is starting in left field Saturday.
Bauers was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
Bauers is hitting just .185 with a .520 OPS and 30.1 percent strikeout rate in 18 games since the All-Star break, prompting the Indians to send him back to the minors to free up a roster spot for Yasiel Puig, who was acquired from the Reds via trade Tuesday. He'll look to smooth out some kinks in the minors before likely returning to the majors later in the season.
Bauers is not in the lineup Thursday against the Astros.
Bauers has started 15 consecutive games, slashing .200/.290/.255 with a 30.6 strikeout rate during that stretch. Tyler Naquin is starting in left field in his place Thursday.
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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