Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer cuts finger, won't start Game 2

  • Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer cuts finger, won't start Game 2

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer cuts finger, won't start Game 2

Bauer, a quirky right-hander who pitched Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston, needed several stitches to close the cut on top of his right pinkie after he was sliced while repairing a propeller. By his own account, this initial build was a total failure, but in the last two years Bauer has become more drone savvy and has successfully managed to build nine drones on his own.

Manager Terry Francona knows this much about his starting rotation for the American League Championship Series - Josh Tomlin started today's Game 2 against Toronto. Bauer is slated to pitch Monday when the best-of-seven series resumes at Rogers Centre.

The Indians have been in a bind since starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar went down with injuries in September.

"I was like, 'Uh oh, '" Francona told reporters at a Friday press conference. "I think we've all, probably everybody in here at some point or another, had a drone-related problem".

It was that way in the AL Division Series, a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, where he entered in the fifth inning of Game 1 and retired six batters to carry the lead to the late innings, and again in the clinching Game 3, when he entered in the sixth and delivered six more critical outs.

"There were some stressful innings early on, but it wasn't like the wheels were spinning kind of thing", Kluber said. And the Indians' 25-year-old righty may have established a new standard for odd off-field October ailments when he cut his righty pinky finger repairing a drone.

"It really doesn't affect me at all", Tomlin said. Things happen. I wish it wouldn't have, but like I said, it wasn't done maliciously, it wasn't done by being silly.

Said Tomlin: "It's just that mindset of this isn't the first obstacle we've had to overcome. I think we'll go game by game". In spring training, the Indians were said to have the best starting rotation in the big leagues. "So there are some options I think for us moving forward". Looking at Miller's and Holt's career platoon splits, we can see that they are remarkably small. We've been pretty vocal about the first priority is getting him back healthy. Francona went with the information he had at the time and ended up not needing Miller anyway later in the game.

If the Indians advance to the World Series and Salazar is healthy, he will be used in relief.

Francona said he did not have much conversation with Bauer, who has built and flown drones as a hobby, following his unusual mishap.