TORONTO – With blood dripping out of his injured finger, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was removed after throwing 21 pitches in the first inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
Bauer, who sustained a cut in his right pinkie finger while repairing one of his drones, started the game after having his scheduled start in Game 2 skipped to give the finger more time to heal.
“When I went to the mound and saw blood on the rubber, that’s not a real good sign things are going well," Indians manager Terry Francona said on the TBS broadcast of the game.
According to Major League Baseball Rule 8.02(b): “The pitcher may not attach anything to either hand, any finger or either wrist (e.g., Band-Aid, tape, Super Glue, bracelet, etc.). The umpire shall determine if such attachment is indeed a foreign substance for the purpose of Rule 6.02(c)(7) (Rule 8.02(b)), but in no case may the pitcher be allowed to pitch with such attachment to his hand, finger or wrist.”
Despite the 10 stitches and the extra rest, the finger held up for just four batters.
Bauer struck out Jose Bautista to begin the bottom of the first inning, but had to come out of the game after recording two outs and walking Troy Tulowitzki with his final pitch of the game.
"I told him keep the ball – it might be worth something some day," Francona said.
Dan Otero took over with two outs and two on in the first inning.
The Indians already had a backup plan in place if Bauer was unable to pitch deep into the game, one that involves bringing Game 1 winner Corey Kluber back to pitch on short rest in Game 4 and rookie Ryan Merritt starting Game 5, if necessary..
“Kluber just slotted up into tomorrow," Francona said, "which is kind of reassuring."
Moving their ace up a day also allows Kluber to be available for a Game 7 if necessary.
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