The Indians may have clobbered the Reds yesterday, but it was still a bad day for the team and their fans.
A couple hours before game time, it was revealed that Trevor Bauer has a stress fracture in his right leg, sidelining a top AL Cy Young contender for an unknown amount of time. A month seems like the most likely timetable, but none of the people saying that are doctors.
Earlier in the week, team optimist Terry Francona said that there was nothing to worry about. With this being Terry’s 410th incorrect diagnosis this season, perhaps it is time for reporters to start asking other people instead.
Temporarily occupying Trevor’s spot until Adam Plutko is needed, Tyler Olson is back on the 25-man roster. Perhaps Plutko will do something this time around to shorten the amount of time it takes me to remember his name from 42 seconds to 1.
Yandy Diaz did not play in yesterday’s 8-1 victory. It’s time to get him on the field, Zack Meisel writes (we’ll take the tweet’s word for it).
• Clayton Kershaw is very good against the Giants.
• Jay Bruce has begun a rehab assignment just in time for nobody to want to trade for him.
• The A’s beat the Mariners and are now one game back of Houston in the West.
• Robinson Cano returned from his suspension and started at first base. Yes, first base.
• Early in the A’s–Mariners game, James Paxton was Carrasco’d™ by a line drive and was replaced by Felix Hernandez, who made his first career relief appearance. King Felix looked uncomfortable warming up, but ended up pitching decently, which probably was a massive improvement, based on what the narrative has been as of late.