A drone dropped into the American League Championship Series before the first pitch was even thrown. No, this isn’t a pre-Halloween hoax.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer cut open his right pinkie while fixing one of the hovering objects he likes to build and fly. Bauer won’t start Game 2 of the ALCS against Toronto, again diverting the Indians’ pitching plans for the playoffs.
Cleveland Manager Terry Francona, who has had to juggle his rotation for weeks because of injuries, managed to keep a sense of humor about the latest — and by far the strangest — setback.
“‘It’s kind of self-explanatory,” Francona quipped at the start of his news conference. “Probably everybody in here probably at some point or another had a drone-related problem.”
All kidding aside, the Indians are dealing with yet another pitching issue after they lost starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in the final month of the regular season.
Bauer, a quirky right-hander who pitched Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston, needed several stitches to close the cut on top of his right pinkie after he was sliced while repairing a propeller.
Pedroia has surgery on knee
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Boston said the procedure, a partial medial meniscectomy and chondroplasty, was successful and he is expected to be ready for spring training.
Pedroia batted .318 this season — his highest since winning the AL MVP in 2008 — and added 15 homers and 74 RBIs. The Red Sox were swept in the AL Division Series by the Cleveland Indians.