In news that is both hilarious and depressing in equal amounts, Trevor Bauer, who started Game 1 of the ALDS and was slated to start Game 2 of the ALCS, has been bumped to Game 3 because...well...
Trevor Bauer lacerated his pinky on the outside of his right hand repairing a drone according to Antonetti.— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) October 14, 2016
No, this is not a cruel dream. Yes, this is reality. Luckily, it seems like the injury should be fairly minor since he'll only miss one start. Josh Tomlin will now start Game 2 tomorrow in an effort to give an Bauer a few extra days of recovery.
A lot of folks will probably look at this and use it as evidence that players should only ever focus on baseball and nothing else. I'm not one of those people. Bauer, like everyone else who has a job, has hobbies that exist outside of the realm of baseball. I want Bauer to indulge in those hobbies for his own sanity; if I had to focus on my job 24/7, I'd probably wind up like Dilbert only not funny. That being said, the Cleveland Indians are already stretched thin when it comes to starting pitching, and losing Bauer, even if it's just for a day, could have severe repercussions for the team's aspirations in the postseason.
Fly your drones, Trevor. Let them soar as high as your spirit. But please, for the love of [redacted, religion], please don't get hurt any more.
According to Jordan Bastian, the injury should not impact any of Bauer's pitches. Bumping his start to Game 3 is, at this point, just an extra measure taken to give Trevor some more healing time. That is certainly good news:
I've been told that the pinky injury should not impact any of Bauer's pitches. The rotation switch gives hand more healing time.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 14, 2016