Bauer 'in a constant state of being pissed off' during first trip to disabled list

AL Cy Young candidate battling timetable, club trying to battle risk

Alex Hooper
August 17, 2018 - 6:11 pm
Jul 20, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) reacts during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Trevor Bauer entered the Cleveland Indians clubhouse fiercely on Friday afternoon, riding a scooter to his locker, his fractured right leg in a boot and on a cushion.

The manner in which he rode to his locker was typical of his violent delivery, and his demeanor matched his entrance.

“I'm in a constant state of being pissed off right now,” Bauer told reporters. “So, the more I sit back and think about how good my season's going, the more pissed off I get, because now I'm not pitching. And that's what I should be doing.”

The righty had just gotten finished his new throwing regiment, tossing from his knees at 100 feet to an Indians trainer in the rain.

Bauer will be back before the team’s 4-to-6 week timetable if he has anything to do it. The Indians know that, and they will do their damnedest to make sure that their Cy Young candidate’s damnedest is not too much for his leg to bear.

“You're going to get a very different answer if you ask me that question and if you ask the medical staff that question, so probably should defer to doctors on that,” Bauer said.

Manager Terry Francona mentioned the team’s obligation to make sure Bauer does not hurt himself, a risk that is seemingly more a risk with a pitcher consumed by his craft.

“We’ll just do what the medical people tell us to do,” the skipper said.

There is no doubt from anyone in the organization that Bauer’s pristinely conditioned right arm will remain in peak form. The 27-year-old has essentially built a brand out of his ability to retain his arm health. The logo for his Outage Outpost line is a silhouette of the pitcher lifting the shoulder tube he uses to strengthen the tool most important to his craft.

Bauer has even re-routed some of the time he would usually spend driving off of his injured right leg into driving that business, and other off-field interests. He hopes to release the edited footage of All-Star weekend that he captured in Washington within the week.

Hopefully that will be enough to keep one of the game’s brightest, and perhaps volatile minds busy, but judging by his emotions two days removed from being placed on the 10-day disabled list, it will not be.

Bauer will progress to throwing while standing again in 10 days, with the potential to move back to throwing off of the mound 10 days after that.

For now, he has his five-day program scheduled out. He knows that he will not be able to match the intensity of normal throwing, but he will try.

“So, in lieu of that, I just increase volume on a day to day basis,” Bauer said. “I try to maintain throwing fitness, throwing shape, so that when I come back, you can cut some of that volume out and ramp the intensity up and be in a good spot.”

Regardless, the intensity of the man himself may consume him in the meantime. It seems to be, already. The worry now becomes harnessing the anger and redirecting it into a constructive manner, and lessen the risk of recklessness begetting destructiveness.

“I'm sure there's plenty of people out there that are happy about the fact that they get to ignore that I'm one of the best pitchers in the league for another year. They don't have to face that reality,” he said.

“But, they'll have to deal with it at some point.”