Starter Trevor Bauer’s Hand Explodes on Mound in First Inning, Indians Win Anyway

Bryan Brandom
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer was slated to start Game 2 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

But thanks to his love of nerd culture, Bauer didn't make it to the mound over the weekend, because he cut his finger nastily on a favorite toy: one of his "eight or 10" drones.

"So I plugged it in like I've done thousands and thousands of times," he said. "And for whatever reason it was sitting like this, I was plugging the battery in and my finger happened to be right here, and for whatever reason these three propellers didn't spin like they were supposed to and this one spun up at max throttle."

He continued: "I'm a big nerd. And I like 'Star Wars.' A lot."

The team tried patching his pinky up for Game 3, and this is the best they could come up with.

Unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old didn't last long. What started as a rough outing ended up looking more like Jason Sudeikis' back in the Saturday Night Live acupuncture sketch.

Bauer managed to get two outs but walked two batters before the Blue Jays objected to having blood whipped at them from 60 and a half feet away.

No bother for Indians manager Terry Francona, though, he patched together eight relief pitchers to combine for a 3-0 shutout victory.

"Tito did a masterful job running that bullpen today," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "They shut us down."

After Blue Jays fans, who've already proven themselves a classy bunch in the postseason, welcomed Bauer's injury with a chorus of cheers, he informed them of the series score as the game came to a close.


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