Report: Trevor Bauer will be used out of the bullpen this postseason
Trevor Bauer was in the midst of the best season of his career, when a fractured fibula brought it to a halt.
Across 166 innings, Bauer had a 12-6 record with a 2.22 ERA while striking out 214 batters. Ace-like numbers.
He has been out since mid-August, but according to Indians president Chris Antonetti who was on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Bauer when healthy, could come back and pitch out of the bullpen in the postseason. Antonetti said he has discussed this with the front office and coaches.
Bauer threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday, the day the Indians clinched the American League Central. He will face live hitters today.
I’m sure the Indians would love for Bauer to start games for them this postseason, but he wouldn’t have the stamina coming back from his injury to do so. It could be a blessing in disguise because Cleveland’s bullpen has been terrible for much of the season–unlike their trip to the World Series in 2016 when it was the lifeblood of the team.
This isn’t unheard of either–it’s the same plan the Astros have for Lance McCullers Jr.
Oh, those teams will be meeting in the ALDS, what a coincidence.