Indians starter Trevor Bauer recently suffered a cut on the pinky on his pitching hand while attempting to repair a drone. Bauer has made no secret that building and utilizing drones is his main hobby. Due to the cut, Bauer was pushed back in the Indians’ ALCS rotation.
Bauer insisted he’d be just fine in his Game 3 start against the Blue Jays, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. The right-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning. After issuing a walk to Troy Tulowitzki to put runners on first and second base with two outs, Jays manager John Gibbons came out to home plate umpire John Gibbons, pointing out that Bauer’s finger was dripping blood. Gorman went out to the mound and informed Francona that Bauer’s bleeding was “too much” and that he’d need to be replaced. Bauer left and Dan Otero entered.
Bauer struck out Jose Bautista looking, walked Josh Donaldson, induced a line out from Edwin Encarnacion, then walked Tulowitzki before departing. Otero got Russell Martin to ground out to second base to end the inning.
Due to Bauer’s short outing, the Indians will call on Corey Kluber to start on short rest in Game 4, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Ryan Merritt will start Game 5.
The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.
Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.
Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.