The Cleveland Indians will need a replacement starter for the injured Scott Kazmir on Saturday, and it's looking like right-hander Trevor Bauer will get the nod, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
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The Indians' Triple-A affiliate has announced its starting rotation to open the season, and it includes Joe Martinez, Corey Kluber, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Fernando Nieve and David Huff. The fact that Bauer isn't on the list could mean he's slated to take the mound for Cleveland Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bauer was in competition with Kazmir and others for the final spot in the Indians' rotation this spring. He ended up losing out to the veteran, but it appears that he could rejoin the big league club during the first week of the regular season. Bauer maintained an ERA of 4.50 over five appearances spanning 14 innings this spring.
The Indians acquried Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason in the three-team trade that also involved the Cincinnati Reds. He's considered a top-20 prospect by Baseball American and MLB.com, as he posted a combined ERA of 2.42 over 22 starts between Double- and Triple-A last season. The 22-year-old also made his major league debut in 2012, allowing 11 earned runs over four starts spanning 16 1/3 innings.