Bauer has ankle contusion, shouldn't miss start

August 12th, 2018

CHICAGO -- The Indians received good news about 's injured right ankle. X-rays were negative and Bauer, who is dealing with a contusion, will likely be able to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Orioles, manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's 9-7 win over the White Sox.

"He's sore, and he'll be sore for a couple days," Francona said. "He got an extra day anyway, the trainers do a good job ... He'll be OK.

"I don't think he's gonna want to get hit in that same spot," Francona deadpanned.

Bauer was pitching another gem Saturday night against the White Sox, but he exited in the seventh inning of Cleveland's 3-1 win after being hit in the right ankle by a comebacker off the bat of .

Encarnacion lands on DL

"I feel good," Bauer said after Sunday's win. "My ankle is swollen, limited mobility in the joint, just developed fluids in there, but no structural damage. So get that fluid out of there the next day or two and we'll be good to go.

"I could've stayed in to pitch," Bauer added. "Thought if I was under 100 pitches I probably would have stayed in. Gotta keep my streak going."

Bauer threw 6 1/3 stellar innings before taking the liner off his ankle, which fielded on the ricochet for the out. Bauer fell to the ground and walked around the mound for a little while, but was noticeably limping. Brad Hand came on in relief.

Bauer's lone mistake Saturday came on a full-count fastball to in the third inning that Moncada sent over the right-field wall. Outside of that, as well as a Nicky Delmonico single, Bauer had been lights-out.

"Everything's fine. I knew everything was fine before we got the X-rays, just with how I felt and stuff," Bauer said. "But it was just a precautionary one, see if there was anything we saw that could help treatment, but everything came back super clean."

Bauer walked no one and finished the night by lowering his ERA for the season to 2.22. In 25 starts, he's 12-6 with 214 strikeouts. His ERA trails only Boston's Chris Sale and Tampa Bay's in the American League.