Bauer brings drone to news conference
TORONTO >> Trevor Bauer and his drone were ready to explain themselves.
The Cleveland right-hander kept the mood light at his news conference Sunday, showing up with the drone he said cut his finger and forced him to miss his start in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series. Bauer is scheduled to pitch Game 3 on Monday night against Toronto, with the Indians leading the series 2-0.
“I brought my friend to answer any questions about what happened that I can’t answer,” Bauer said while the drone sat on display on the table in front of him.
Bauer received stitches on his right pinkie after the accident Thursday night, and both he and manager Terry Francona now say they don’t expect the injury to affect him much when he faces the Blue Jays. Josh Tomlin started in Bauer’s place Saturday and Cleveland won , which no doubt made it easier for the Indians to chuckle a bit about the mishap.
“He was messing around with his drone. He wasn’t out in some alley at 3 in the morning and got cut on a beer can,” Francona said. “It wasn’t like he was waterskiing. He just cut his finger. It wasn’t remotely malicious.”
Bauer, a self-described “nerd” and big “Star Wars” fan who studied mechanical engineering in college, said he became interested in drones after seeing a video of them a few years ago. He said he likes to learn new tricks and fly them close to obstacles, which can lead to crashes. He is constantly having to repair his drones.
Bauer said he cut his finger on a propeller.
“I plugged it in, like I’ve done thousands and thousands of times. ... This one spun up at max throttle,” he said. “It never happened to me before. I have no idea why it happened, and my finger just happened to be in the way of the prop and it cut me.”
Bauer’s injury was another setback for a Cleveland rotation that lost Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar toward the end of the regular season. The Indians have kept winning anyway. The AL Central champions swept Boston in the Division Series and have taken the first two games from Toronto.
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer holds a drone which caused a recent injury to his finger during a news conference in Toronto, Sunday.