Trevor Bauer exits ALCS Game 3 start after two-thirds of an inning

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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.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.