TORONTO -- Trevor Bauer’s second postseason start was a short one.
The Cleveland Indians were hopeful Bauer could pitch less than a week after lacerating his right pinkie finger in an accident with his drone, but the opposite proved to be true against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre Monday night.
With one man on base and two out, blood began dripping out of Bauer’s wound, and he was using his jersey and pants in an attempt to stop the bleeding, but when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walked to home plate to talk with the umpire, a conversation ensued and lasted several minutes.
The Indians’ medical staff attempted to stop the bleeding, but could not get that done, which forced Indians manager Terry Francona to pull Bauer from the game with two on and two out in the bottom of the first inning.
Bauer struck out Blue Jay lead-off hitter Jose Bautista, and after a walk to third baseman Josh Donaldson, he got first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to line out to center field for the second out of the inning. But following a walk to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Bauer could go no farther.
In relief, Dan Otero got catcher Russell Martin to ground out to second baseman Jason Kipnis, which stranded both Donaldson and Tulowitzki.
Bauer threw just 21 pitches in the game, including only nine for strikes.
Needing nearly a dozen stitches to close the wound, Bauer had his start moved back to tonight’s Game 3 matchup at Rogers Centre. Bauer was slated to start Game 2 at Progressive Field Saturday, but instead, the Indians went with Josh Tomlin, who allowed just three hits and one run over 5.2 innings of work in a win at Progressive Field.