Trevor Bauer needed time to absorb the news that he would begin this season in the bullpen for the Indians. The right-hander waited a week before inviting reporters to his locker on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the club’s decision.
Another solid matchup is in store for Wednesday’s Game 2 between the Red Sox and Indians, as Clay Buchholz faces off against Carlos Carrasco.
The Indians had their reasons for pulling Trevor Bauer out of the rotation and putting him in the bullpen to begin this season. A few of those concerns were on display when the right-hander took the mound on Tuesday for his first relief appearance of the year.
The Indians unfurled an oversized American flag on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming the beginning of a new season and celebrating an Opening Day game that was two days in the making. The optimism flowing was enough to make it feel like things might be different this year for the Tribe.
A few hours before Monday’s planned opener against the Red Sox, Indians manager Terry Francona was emphatic in his insistence that Opening Day would go on as scheduled. Sub-freezing temperatures, issues with the field and increasing precipitation changed things.
In search of an ace, the Red Sox invested heavily in David Price this winter. In an Opening Day outing opposite Indians righty Corey Kluber on Tuesday, Price once again showed his worth in guiding Boston to a 6-2 victory over the Tribe.
Only two pitchers within the Indians’ rotation were impacted by Monday’s season-opening postponement. Right-hander Josh Tomlin is now scheduled to start on Saturday against the White Sox, and ace Corey Kluber’s second outing will be pushed back until Sunday.
Roberto Perez was glad he was removed from Saturday’s game in Texas, and he appreciated the steps the Indians took to make sure he was not dealing with a concussion. Most importantly, the catcher was happy to hear a doctor say he was cleared to resume playing.
The Cleveland Indians Home Opener has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, April 5 at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Indians manager Terry Francona announced during Sunday’s workout that catcher Roberto Perez was going through Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol after taking a foul tip off his mask during Saturday’s exhibition game in Texas. As a result, Cleveland is in a holding pattern when it comes to the final look of its Opening Day alignment.
For the first time in seven seasons, Michael Brantley’s name will not be in the Opening Day lineup for the Indians. Brantley was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, giving the left fielder more time to work his way back from November surgery on his right shoulder.
Opening Day is around the corner and the Indians’ roster is set. How the final puzzle came together was complicated and included a handful of obstacles for manager Terry Francona and his staff to sort through and solve.