Bauer brings drone to news con­fer­ence

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Noah Tris­ter

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.

CHRISTO­PHER KATSAROV — THE CANA­DIAN PRESS VIA AP

In­di­ans pitcher Trevor Bauer holds a drone which caused a re­cent in­jury to his fin­ger dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Toronto, Sun­day.

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