Trevor Bauer, a starting pitcher for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cleveland Indians – who are currently fighting with the Toronto Blue Jays for a spot in the World Series – reportedly missed his start on Saturday due to a drone-related injury.
According to a press release from the Indians, Josh Tomlin took the place of Bauer for game two of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. The Indians stated that Bauer “suffered a laceration to his right small (pinkie) finger, which required several stitches.” He is now scheduled to start game three tonight in Toronto.
An article from the MLB’s Cut4 says Bauer cut the top of his finger when he was conducting “routine maintenance” on his own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Luckily, manager Terry Francona said at a press conference that it was not a big deal to switch the pitching rotation, considering Tomlin had had plenty of rest before the series.
Bauer has been a longtime UAV hobbyist: Last year, used his self-built drone to take photos over Goodyear Park in Arizona, but MLB reportedly contacted the Indians organization for Bauer to keep his drone away.
Bauer said at yesterday’s news conference – in which he brought his drone with him – that his stitches have been a “non-issue” and that he has been able to “throw normally” since the accident.
Update, Oct. 18: It was a valiant effort on his part, but Bauer was taken out of the game after a gory two-thirds of an inning. (But the Indians still came out on top.)