Trevor Bauer has been forced out of Game 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays after the pinkie finger he sliced with a drone bled profusely, delivering a huge blow to the Cleveland Indians and creating some viral video and pictures of the gruesome injury.
Viewers who tuned in for Monday night’s pivotal game of the ALCS saw Bauer struggling to keep his finger from bleeding. It dripped blood onto his hand and onto the ball, and despite Bauer’s efforts to wipe it away, the bleeding would not stop.
It turns out he wouldn’t even last a full inning. In the bottom of the first, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called a conference with the officiating crew about the injury. Team trainers consulted with Bauer on the mound, but they could not stop the bleeding.
Crew chief Brian Gorman ultimately made the decision that Bauer had to be pulled.
“You gotta pull him out,” Gorman could be heard on the game’s broadcast.
Dan Otero was brought out of the bullpen to relieve Bauer.
The hand injury was already a question mark going into the game. Bauer had an accident on Friday morning when he sliced his pinkie finger when playing with a drone, the small camera-equipped helicopters that have boomed in popularity.
“I plugged it in, like I’ve done thousands of times, and my finger happened to be in front of one of the (four) propellers,” said Bauer (via Cleveland). “For whatever reason, three of the propellers didn’t spin like they’re supposed to, and this one spun up at max throttle.
“I have no idea why it happened. My finger just happened to be in the way of the prop and it cut me.”
Trevor Bauer ended up having to call a taxi to take him to the emergency room, where doctors needed 10 stitches to close the cut.
Before the bloody hand forced him out of Game 3, Trevor Bauer had a sense of humor about the bizarre injury. He brought the drone responsible for the cut to a press conference this week, joking about it with reporters.
“I brought my friend in to answer any questions that I can’t answer,” Bauer said.
The injury had already forced the Indians to change their plans for the ALCS. Bauer was originally slated to start on Saturday but had to be swapped out for Josh Timlin, who ended up going 5 and two-thirds innings in the team’s 2-1 win.
Some pictures and video from Trevor Bauer’s injury can be seen below, but be warned that it may make some people uneasy.
Looks like Trevor Bauer recovered nicely from that drone incident pic.twitter.com/waO45LUl96— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 18, 2016
While Trevor Bauer’s injury was serious business for the Cleveland Indians, who were forced to seek close to eight innings out of their bullpen, it made for some high comedy on Twitter. There were plenty of fans and sports outlets quick to make jokes at Bauer’s expense.
Pregame. Terry Francona meets with Trevor Bauer pic.twitter.com/OiEX07Msfj— Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) October 18, 2016
I can't believe Terry Francona took Trevor Bauer out while he still had a no-hitter going.— Cliff Corcoran (@CliffCorcoran) October 18, 2016
Trevor Bauer kinda sorta maybe needs one of these pic.twitter.com/pidJGCzW20— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 18, 2016
The injury was a bit reminiscent of another bloody ALCS performance. Back in 2004, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling became something of a New England legend for pitching with a torn tendon sheath in his right ankle that had to be sutured in place by team doctors. The result was a tenuously held together injury and a bloody sock.
But unlike Bauer’s short night on Monday, Schilling was able to pitch seven innings and lead the Red Sox to a win, helping them to become the first and only MLB team to recover from a three-game deficit to win a seven-game series.
It is not clear how Trevor Bauer’s injury could affect him or the Cleveland Indians for the remainder of the ALCS. They held a two games to none lead going into Monday’s Game 3.
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