TORONTO (92.3 The Fan) – Trevor Bauer was confident his existing finger injury wouldn’t be a problem in Game 3. But it didn’t take long for his pinkie to disagree.
Lasting just four batters in Monday’s start against the Toronto Blue Jays, Bauer was forced to exit the ballgame after the cut he sustained late last week in a drone-related mishap busted open and blood began pouring from the righty pinky of Cleveland’s hurler.
Toronto manager John Gibbons came out of the dugout following Bauer’s walk of Troy Tulowitzki with two down in the first inning, which led to the umpires meeting with the righty on the mound.
Moments later, the Indians’ team trainer and manager Terry Francona went out to examine Bauer, and it was determined he would not be allowed to continue in Monday’s Game 3.
He was relieved by Dan Otero, who escaped the two-on, two-out jam by getting catcher Russell Martin to ground out to second baseman Jason Kipnis, maintaining the Tribe’s 1-0 lead in the ballgame.
Cleveland went on to win Game 3, 4-2, backed by 8 1/3 strong innings from the bullpen.
Bauer, who left with blood on the right leg of pants, threw 21 pitches in the game, nine of which were strikes. He retired a pair and allowed two walks before being pulled from the contest.
The Indians, who will start Corey Kluber in Game 4, lead the best-of-seven series 3-0.