The Indians are the latest victim of Major League Baseball’s injury bug, as they have added another prominent name to their disabled list.
Starter Trevor Bauer has been placed on the 10-day DL with a right fibula stress fracture, and there is no timetable for his return, according to Zack Meisel of The Athletic.
Bauer is the third Indian to be placed on the DL in the last five days. On Aug. 9, the Indians put newly acquired outfielder Leonys Martin on the list after with a non-baseball condition that has now been reported as a bacterial infection that was considered life-threatening, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Then on Aug. 12, the Tribe placed designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion on the DL (retroactive to Aug. 11) with a right hand contusion.
While the health of all three players is worrisome, the loss of Bauer is a huge one, though. Just look at the stats that he has put up this year, per Bastian.
Trevor Bauer's MLB ranks (AL ranks)— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 14, 2018
5.9 fWAR: 3rd (2nd)
2.22 ERA: 5th (3rd)
2.38 FIP: 3rd (2nd)
166 IP: 2nd (1st)
0.43 HR/9: 1st
11.6 K/9: 5th (4th)
31.5 K%: 5th (4th)
23.2 K-BB%: 8th (5th)
.203 AVG: 8th (5th)
214 K: 3rd (2nd)
With Bauer out of the rotation, the Indians’ rotation now features Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber and Adam Plutko, who Bastian says will start on Saturday in their series against the Orioles. The hope for Cleveland and its fans is that this stress does not take too long to recover to the point where they will be without Bauer for the postseason. Typically, a person has to wait six weeks to put weight on the ankle before doing any type of of rehab, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The Indians currently lead the AL Central at 67-51. They are ahead of the Twins by 12 1⁄2 games.