After Monday night's 4-2 victory, the Indians hold a 3-0 series lead over the Blue Jays. The right-hander had been pushed back two days to Game 3 because he cut the finger on a drone last week. He wasn't, lasting only two-thirds of an inning before umpires made him leave the game because the finger was dripping blood.
Bauer shook his head in disappointment while being tended to on the mound, and he was replaced by Dan Otero after 21 pitches.
Ryan Merritt will start either Game 4 or 5 of the ALCS. "I'm good to go".
The Indians now can only hope that the additional time between Game 3 of the ALDS and whenever he is slated to start in the World Series is enough for the laceration to heal enough to hold up over a complete start.
"I think when you face a pitcher that you haven't seen, I would give the benefit of the doubt to the pitcher", Francona said.
"Please don't tweet at me about Bauer", the former Red Sox pitcher tweeted.
Anthony Davis Sprains Ankle, Will Be Out 10-15 Days
Davis was injured when he stepped on the foot of Rockets center Nene with 6:37 left to play in the first quarter of the contest. Four minutes of game action later, starting shooting guard E'Twaun Moore suffered a contusion on his heel, prompting his exit.
Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli homered, and Cleveland's bullpen pulled off its most impressive feat yet in these American League playoffs, taking over after Bauer's first-inning exit and holding off the Blue Jays to put the Indians within reach of their first pennant since 1997.
Merritt, 24, allowed two runs in 11 big-league innings this season, including one start. "And he's very confident that this is not going to be an issue". We got to win one, they got to win three.
Cleveland'smuch ballyhooed championship drought ended in June when the Cavaliers won the National Basketball Association title, the city's first for a major pro sport since the Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship Game.
"He might get shot the next time he goes back to Boston but I think this is more special for him", said a Francona confidante.
It's nearly as if Francona knew exactly which button to press at the exact right time.
"That would be a little better than the last series", he said sarcastically. I'm a grinder. It doesn't matter if I do good or bad, the next day I come to work. "I was pretty beat up by the time it ended in Philadelphia but they exposed me to a variety of aspects of the game". I'm proud of them for the way they carry themselves. "I've been proud of our team all year for the way they've played the game, because our style, we have to be aggressive on the bases".
The Indians' only other starting options are Kluber, Josh Tomlin, overnight sensation Ryan Merritt and possibly Danny Salazar, who will be limited to a few frames per outing if he makes the World Series roster.