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Trevor Bauer’s finger forces him out of Game 3 start in first inning

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) has the cut on his finger looked at during the first inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Cleveland Indians staarter Trevor Bauer left Game 3 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night after the 10 stitches in his right pinky finger came undone, causing his finger to bleed profusely. He was replaced in the first inning by Dan Otero, who retired the final batter of the inning, getting Bauer off the hook for any potential runs.

Bauer was originally slated to start Game 2 of the series, but sliced his right pinky finger while fixing a drone. His start was pushed back two days to Game 3, but he would throw only 21 pitches after the blood became too much for Bauer to continue, after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons protested the injury.

Cleveland is already without Carlos Carrasco (fractured finger) and Danny Salazar (forearm strain) for the series, although the possibility of Salazar returning for the World Series has been left open. Because of the debilitating injuries, Bauer was forced into duty to start Game 1 of the ALDS, which the Indians went on to win in a sweep over the Boston Red Sox.

Bauer becomes the first pitcher to not make it out of the first inning of a LCS game since Rick Ankiel in 2000 for the St. Louis Cardinals, who threw five pitches to the backstop in a game against the New York Mets.

The team has already tabbed rookie Ryan Merritt to start Game 4 of the ALCS, despite having made just one major league start in his career, back on Sep. 30, which is also the last time he competitively threw a baseball.

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