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Indians news and notes: Bauer sees rise in velocity out of the 'pen

Morning news & notes for Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

The plan is to fan this spark into a flame, but damn it's gettin' dark so let me spell out my name.  I am the T-R E-V O-R B A-U-E-R
The plan is to fan this spark into a flame, but damn it's gettin' dark so let me spell out my name. I am the T-R E-V O-R B A-U-E-R
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Another week, another chance to see the Tribe break above the .500 mark and stay there for a while.  With a series starting this afternoon against the Mariners, anything is possible, right?  Hopefully the Indians can bring myself and others some much needed joy over the next few days (I'd welcome anything at this point to distract from the mind-numbing situations that my work is presenting me with).  Anyway, self-pity aside, let's get to the news!

Indians news

  • Bauer trying to make most of time in bullpen | MLB
    I think I speak for us all when I say that I would love for Trevor Bauer to have everything click so that he forces his way back into an already dominant rotation.  That being said, while he is in the bullpen, Tito believes that Bauer can really be an asset out of the pen late in games.  If his recent performances are any indication of future results, Bauer will be just fine.
  • Frazier, Zimmer provide hope for Indians' future | MLB
    An outfield consisting of Brantley, Frazier, and Zimmer makes me giddy with excitement.  Who knows when the trio will be patrolling the outfield at Progressive Field, but I hope that it's sooner rather than later.
  • Bryan Shaw's velocity is up, so what has been the problem for the Cleveland Indians' reliever? |
    It's easy to jump on a reliever when he gives up a lead in a game.  It's even easier to jump on a reliever when he starts the year by giving up 9 runs in 3.1 innings.  Despite this, Tito and pitching coach Mickey Callaway don't seem to be worried about Tribe setup man Bryan Shaw.  Shaw has been extremely effective over the past 3 seasons, so for his sake and the team's, I hope that he returns to his dominant form...and soon.
  • Around The League

    • Pablo Sandoval, First of His Name and Destroyer of Belts, is waiting for swelling in his shoulder to down in order to determine whether or not he will need surgery in order to get back on the bench field.
    • Yesterday, National Treasure and beloved voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, celebrated his 66th anniversary of the first time he called a game.  Congratulations to the best voice in baseball (I love Hammy, but even he would say that Vin is the very best in the business).
    • It looks like Noah "Thor" Syndergaard is hurting his catcher with his UNLIMITED POWAH.
    • At a recent high school softball game in New York, one of the batters pulled off a behind-the-back bunt.  Please, for the love of all that is good, don't show this video to Tito.
    • And finally, it looks like Jaxon Anthony deGrom was discharged from the hospital and is heading home.

    Today's /r/baseball question comes from /u/ttjclark: