Here’s to another great week of Indians baseball!
The Indians have a 2-0 lead over Toronto in the ALCS and Terry Francona is considering bring back Corey Kluber on short rest in Game 4, but he wants to see how Trevor Bauer pitches in Game 3 on Monday. From Paul Hoynes:
Francona said a decision hasn't been reached yet, but a lot will depend on how Trevor Bauer does in Game 3 on Monday. Bauer missed his scheduled start in Game 2 after suffering a 10-stitch cut on the little finger of his right hand while working on his drone.
When Francona announced his rotation for the ALCS, he said rookie Mike Clevinger was "penciled in' to start Game 4. But it's possible that Francona might need Clevinger in Game 3 if Bauer doesn't get deep into the game or develops a problem with his finger.
"I want to sit down with Mick (Callaway, pitching coach)," said Francona. "I'm pretty convinced Kluber could do it pretty seamlessly. But it's not just that, it's how does it affect everybody else.”
The Indians’ starter for Game 3 does not expect his stitched-up finger to cause him an issues on the mound. Let’s hope so!
Napoli is just 15-for-111 since the start of September and 2-for-18 so far in the postseason.
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