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Bauers sustains ankle injury during Indians BP

@MandyBell02
June 25, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Indians had a scare prior to Monday night’s 3-2 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Royals after Jake Bauers dropped to the ground while shagging fly balls during batting practice, but it looks like the outfielder will be able to avoid a stint on the injured

CLEVELAND -- The Indians had a scare prior to Monday night’s 3-2 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Royals after Jake Bauers dropped to the ground while shagging fly balls during batting practice, but it looks like the outfielder will be able to avoid a stint on the injured list.

Bauers was originally slated to start in left field and hit sixth in the series opener against Kansas City, but he was scratched from the lineup with a sprained left ankle just over an hour before the scheduled first pitch. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Freeman, who went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

“He, kind of like the rest of us, is day to day,” manager Terry Francona said of Bauers. “I don’t know if he’ll play [on Tuesday]. If he can play, he will. I think we all thought it was really bad when it happened. He was laying out there. He’s gonna be OK.”

Roster move

On Monday, the Indians optioned starter Aaron Civale to Triple-A Columbus and the club recalled reliever Jon Edwards. Francona said they decided to keep Civale a few days after his debut to make sure Mike Clevinger, who is on the injured list with a left ankle sprain, successfully made it through his workouts.

“[Clevinger is] throwing a full-fledged bullpen tomorrow,” Francona said. “But he’s shown that he’s healthy enough. That’s why we were able to send Civale back and get Edwards here. Just because of the workout he went through yesterday. He’s doing really well.”

This date in Indians history

1998: The Indians scored seven runs in the first inning courtesy of a Manny Ramirez grand slam and a Travis Fryman three-run homer in a 14-3 win over St. Louis.

Mandy Bell covers the Indians for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MandyBell02.