Indians Pitcher First Athlete to Be Benched for Drone Injury

Indians Pitcher First Athlete to Be Benched for Drone Injury

Cleveland Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt will start either Game 4 or Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

Bauer was holding his homemade drone while taking questions from the media at the Rogers Centre interview room on Sunday afternoon prior to his Game 3 start slated for the next day.

Monday night, Cleveland used Dan Otero after Bauer got hurt, then Manship, McAllister, Shaw, Allen and Miller.

Kluber will now start Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.

"When I went out there, I mean - first thing I saw was blood on the rubber", said Indians manager Terry Francona. "My thinking was if we can get to their bullpen that early - just like during the season, you want to get to teams' bullpen".

"If we had the lead late, I was going to go to Andrew - OK, we're going to win or lose (with him)", said Francona.

In the meantime, Trevor Bauer's stitches popped during the first inning, meaning Francona was in full-fledged manager mode right off the bat. "I think everybody was", Francona said of the finger going south so quickly.

This is not the first time Francona has done this.

"No, shoot, I was so embarrassed when somebody told me that", Francona said. Kluber will now pitch Tuesday on short rest for the first time in his career.

Thanks to the work from Kluber and a dominant bullpen, the Tribe have placed the Jays in position where their only way to their first World Series in 23 years would be to join the 2004 Red Sox in info-graphic lore by coming back from a 3-0 series deficit. "They all made pitches against some really good hitters".

The Indians have won nine straight dating back to the end of the regular season while extending their franchise-record post-season streak to six victories.

"I know they've got a very good bullpen but you figure there's somebody down there we can get to before they get to those other (elite) guys". That led to a major Indians confab on the mound and Bauer's exit. Cleveland is a wonderful baseball town - it really is, and I love going there - but the city's iffy economy is why the Indians drew only 1,591,667 fans this season, 13th in the American League.

"We all know our roles", said the right-hander, who faced the top five batters in the Toronto order and allowed only a single to Jose Bautista. Naturally, he couldn't get it fixed then and there, so he fished the tooth out of his tobacco wad, handed it to the team's head athletic trainer and anxiously awaited word on when he could visit a local dentist.