Antonetti: Bauer out a 'few weeks,' expects arm to stay conditioned

Tribe President says initial X-ray did not show fracture

Alex Hooper
August 14, 2018 - 9:54 pm
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Cleveland.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Indians President Chris Antonetti made the trek down I-71 to Cincinnati on Monday to relay information to the team about the well-being of center fielder Leonys Martin.

Since that time, Cy Young candidate Trevor Bauer has hit the 10-day disabled list after an MRI revealed a ‘small’ stress fracture in the pitcher’s right fibula. The injury is a result of a line drive off of the bat of Chicago’s Jose Abreu that Bauer suffered on Sunday.

Antonetti told the SportsTime Ohio broadcast team of Matt Underwood, Rick Manning and Andre Knott on Tuesday night that the original X-ray undergone by Bauer at Guaranteed Rate Field Sunday night did not show the fracture. The right-hander flew back to Cleveland to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed the fracture.

There was no timetable given for Bauer’s injury, though Antonetti said it would be ‘a few weeks.’

The team will look to manage Bauer’s pain tolerance, which they believe Bauer can work through when the time comes. Antonetti said the Indians’ main focus was on the stability of the leg.

“We need the bone, and Trevor needs the bone to be able to absorb the forces of pitching, because if not, it can get worse,” Antonetti said.

Bauer is known for keeping his arm in great condition, and while there was no preparing for the freak injury he suffered, Antonetti added that he believes the pitcher will continue to condition his arm with a weighted ball program.

“Trevor does such an extraordinary job of caring for his body and keeping his arm in shape that I know he’ll do everything possible to make sure that’s the case, so when his leg is able to absorb the force of throwing again, he’ll be in a good spot to be able to do that,” he said.

Antonetti also touched on the condition of Martin, who remains hospitalized, but in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. The team president again reassured Indians fans that Martin is improving, though there has been little thought about his return to the baseball field.

“To see a healthy 30-year-old guy in peak physical condition to be fighting for his life less than 36 hours later was very scary,” Antonetti said.

The origin of the bacterial infection is not yet known, Antonetti said, but he added that it is not something that can be passed to teammates.

The Indians will continue to seek upgrades to the outfield in Martin’s absence, something Antonetti said they were doing anyway.

Antonetti also addressed the condition of designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, on the 10-day disabled list with a right hand contusion. The team president said Encarnacion is in a ‘good spot’ and he expects the slugger to return ‘at or near’ his eligible return date on August 22.