Ken Blaze / USA TODAY Sports
Trevor Bauer’s finger injury has caused a domino effect in the Cleveland Indians’ rotation.
The right-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Game 3 before his drone-induced cut on the pinky of his pitching finger began to drip blood, forcing him to be removed from his start.
Bauer’s short outing forced Indians manager Terry Francona to reshuffle his rotation, with the skipper announcing during an in-game interview with TBS that Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon.
Prior to the game, Francona said rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt would start Game 4 should Bauer be able to give them a deep outing. Instead, Kluber will throw on short rest for the first time in his career.
Kluber was excellent in picking up the win in Game 1 of the series. He tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing six hits while striking out six. The 2014 Cy Young winner has tossed 13 1/3 scoreless innings in two starts this postseason.