Cleveland Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer Wanted to Burn His Sliced Finger Shut So He Could Pitch Game 3 of the ALCS

Thank goodness he didn't.

Trevor Bauer, the Cleveland Indians mercurial starting pitcher, was all set to take the mound for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays when he did something only a person like Bauer could do: he tore up his pinky attempting to fix a drone. Bauer has long had an affinity for the flying camera (so much so that MLB banned him from flying it over ballparks during spring training), but his injury came before what would be the most important start of his career. Bauer was scratched from his Game 2 start and pushed back to Game 3.

I mean, look at this monstrosity.

Trevor Bauer Hand Injury

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Bauer, though, wasn't satisfied. Despite receiving 10 stitches to close the wound, he initially pleaded with the Indians training staff to cauterize his sliced finger with a soldering iron in the hotel room where he was staying. He was smartly rushed to the ER instead—thankfully, because he almost cauterized the wound himself.

"I even had a soldering iron in my hotel room," Bauer told Yahoo! Sports. "Instead of going to the ER, I probably should've sealed it closed myself."

No, Trevor, you definitely should not have done that! Sure, you made it through 2/3 of an inning before your wound ripped open and you had to be removed because  blood was dripping all over your uniform, but the alternative was burning your whole hand off and never pitching again, so let's call this one a win.

Trevor Bauer


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