Trevor Bauer has been a lightning rod for storylines throughout his baseball career, and this year’s ALCS has been no different. Bauer’s scheduled start was pushed back due to a finger injury — he needed stitches after fixing a drone — and even the extra two days of healing weren’t enough.
Bauer was removed in the first inning of Monday’s Game 3 after his pinky started bleeding profusely (WARNING: don’t click this GIF if you’re even the slightest bit queasy).
Happy Halloween pic.twitter.com/zny8FFTmmL— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 18, 2016
Naturally, everyone on Twitter has responded to Bauer’s dilemma. This includes Justin Verlander, who all but said “rub some dirt on it, kid.”
Bauer.... "It's fiiiiine. Nothin' to see here."— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) October 18, 2016
@JustinVerlander how would u handle this if that was you pitching?— Kyle Nester (@SportsGuy_44_45) October 18, 2016
Put every possible foreign substance known to man on there to stop the bleeding. #postseason https://t.co/tJTn3igZCb— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) October 18, 2016
Okay, Verlander was a bit more diplomatic than that (and Bauer tried to argue his case on the mound), but we have to drum up any controversy we can find.