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The Cleveland Indians will hope Trevor Bauer’s cut-up pinky finger will be fully healed and ready to go Wednesday, as manager Terry Francona has scheduled the right-hander to start Game 2 of the World Series, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Following Bauer, Josh Tomlin will take the mound in Game 3 when the series shifts to Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Francona revealed Tuesday that Bauer’s finger has notably improved since he initially injured it repairing one of his drones prior to the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 25-year-old pitched a simulated game to test out the finger and did so with no complications.
“He threw the ball well the other night,” Francona said, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough. “And there was no blood.”
Bauer was forced to leave his last start in the first inning due to a significant amount of blood dripping from the wounded finger on his pitching hand. He threw just 21 pitches before having to leave the game.