MLB: Indians’ Trevor Bauer to return Friday

Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Chicago.
(Matt Marton / Associated Press)

The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation. The next step will come Friday against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will pitch a “couple of innings” and then throw in the bullpen to increase his pitch count. Francona wants the former UCLA right hander to make two additional starts during the regular season.


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Texas Rangers reliever Matt Bush has had surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament that will keep him out the first half of the 2019 season. ...

Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and will miss the 2019 season.