09/20 23:33 CDT LEADING OFF: Trevor Bauer back on bump for Cleveland
LEADING OFF: Trevor Bauer back on bump for Cleveland
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:
BACK ON THE BUMP
Trevor Bauer returns to the mound for AL Central champion Cleveland when the
Indians host Boston in a potential playoff preview. Bauer has been sidelined
with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of
White Sox slugger Jose Abreu on Aug. 11. The right-hander was diagnosed with a
stress fracture of his fibula. Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will
go a "couple of innings" and then throw in the bullpen to increase his pitch
count. He will be relieved by rookie Shane Bieber. Francona wants Bauer to make
two additional starts during the regular season and be in the playoff rotation.
Selected to his first All-Star team this season, Bauer is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA
in 25 starts. Red Sox ace Chris Sale (12-4, 1.92 ERA), also rebuilding arm
strength following an injury, is expected to throw about 65 pitches.
CLOSE TO RETURNING
Detroit's Niko Goodrum (quad) and third baseman Jeimer Candelario (back) took
grounders before Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Tigers manager
Ron Gardenhire said Candelario could play as soon as Saturday, and Goodrum
could possibly returning Monday.
READY IN THE BULLPEN
Boston Red Sox right hander Matt Barnes was available out of the bullpen
Thursday against the New York Yankees for the first time in weeks. Barnes
hasn't pitched since Sept. 3 because of left hip inflammation. Boston manager
Alex Cora said he wouldn't put Barnes in a high-leverage situation right away.
STAYING THE COURSE
Cincinnati Reds manager Jim Riggleman doesn't plan on changing his lineup just
because the Reds are playing Miami and Kanas City, last place in their
respective divisions. Riggleman said he will continue using offensive leaders
Gennet, Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Jose Peraza. "I don't anticipate looking
at too many different lineups," Riggleman said. "I've been using them as I have
to this point."
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