Indians starter Trevor Bauer had a forgettable Sunday afternoon, serving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Royals. Seven of those runs were earned on nine hits and four walks. His performance today ties his season-high for runs allowed, as he also allowed eight runs (seven earned) to the White Sox on May 6.
When manager Terry Francona came out to the mound to take Bauer out of the game, the frustrated right-hander crow-hopped and chucked the baseball over the fence in center field. A perplexed Francona can be seen asking Bauer, “What the f— is wrong with you?” Bauer seemed apologetic as he walked off the mound towards the dugout.
Bauer’s ERA is up to 3.79 on the season. He has struck out 185 and walked a major league-high 63 in 156 2/3 innings.
This is troublesome for the Indians because the club may pursue trading Bauer despite being only two games out of first place in the AL Central. Bauer’s struggles on the mound persisted, but he compounded that by showing that he isn’t able to control his emotions. Not that there was any doubt about that considering he spent days — days, plural — on Twitter harassing a woman who simply said she didn’t like him.
Bauer could be fined and/or suspended for his actions. The Indians may also punish him themselves.
Update (5:42 PM ET): As he began to speak to the media after Sunday’s game, Bauer issued an apology, per MLB.com’s Mandy Bell. He called his actions “unbecoming, “childish,” and “unprofessional.”
NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.
The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.
“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.
Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.
Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.
“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”
Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.
The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.
The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.
Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.