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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation.The next step will come Friday night against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month.Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will pitch a “couple of innings” and then throw in the bullpen to increase his pitch count.Francona wants Bauer to make two additional starts during the regular season. The right-hander is expected to start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and will likely pitch again the last weekend of the season in Kansas City.“To give him a chance to start Cheap Kerryon Johnson Jersey , we felt like he needed to have three outings,” Francona said. “So this was the way to do it. Getting him back is great. His goal and ours is to see if he can start.”The Indians hope Bauer can build up his pitch count by the time the Division Series begins Oct. 5. Using him as a reliever is another option.“Having him in the bullpen is still really positive,” Francona said. “We asked him for his honesty on how he is feeling and we’ll give him our feedback. But this was the best way to do it.”Bauer has been sidelined since he was struck on the lower leg by a line drive off the bat of Chicago’s Jose Abreu on Aug. 11. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture of his right fibula.Bauer has gone through a rigorous throwing program to return from the injury. He began by playing catch from his knees while wearing a walking boot. Bauer gradually progressed to throwing off the mound and faced hitters Tuesday in a three-inning simulated game.“He’s got himself in a position where he’s jumping right into games,” Francona said. “Where you don’t have to worry about his arm. He’s giving himself every chance possible by the way he attacked his rehab.”Bauer is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA in 25 starts and was named to his first All-Star team.Francona said rookie Shane Bieber will relieve Bauer in Friday’s game. Mike Clevinger, another candidate for the postseason rotation, will start Saturday.Corey Kluber will start on Monday and Saturday of the final week to line up for Game 1 of the Division Series. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano has begun a critical offseason in his so-far-frustrating career with the Minnesota Twins, who plan to keep close tabs on the slugging third baseman frequently waylaid by injuries.“The plan is to have very consistent touch points,” general manager Thad Levine said, “both by phone and quite frankly face to face.”Sano left Minnesota last week for his native Dominican Republic http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-kerryon-johnson-jersey , where he was involved in an incident with police outside a nightclub that left an officer with a broken leg. The incident was deemed an accident and no criminal charges were brought. Last winter, Sano was accused of assaulting a woman but Major League Baseball did not punish him after an investigation yielded insufficient evidence.For now, though, the focus is on Sano’s physical condition. After losing the last six weeks of the 2017 season due to a lower left leg injury that required surgery, Sano missed time in May with a left hamstring injury. Then a hard slide in September resulted in soreness in his left knee, keeping him out of all but one more game the remainder of the season. In between, he was struggling so badly at the plate that he was sent to the minor leagues for about six weeks for a holistic reconditioning.In a wide-ranging conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Levine and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey expressed the customary optimism about Sano’s attitude toward trying to re-establish himself as an All-Star. He’ll be asked to make periodic appearances at the team’s minor league facility in Fort Myers, Florida Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , with the possibility of also playing some winter ball. Sano will meet Monday with strength and conditioning staff at the organization’s academy in the Dominican Republic.“We know he’s at an important crossroads in his career. He had a tough offseason last year,” Falvey said. “This is now an opportunity with what we expect a fully healthy offseason to take meaningful steps forward.”Once his knee is back to normal, Sano will be expected to work on his conditioning. During the last week of the season, he said his goal for 2019 was to report between 245 and 255 pounds. The 6-foot-4 Sano has weighed as much as 290 pounds, but the Twins don’t have a specific target in mind for him. They’re just aiming for him to be in shape to play a full season, after the 25-year-old batted .199 with 115 strikeouts in 299 plate appearances in 2018.“We may have been a little bit critical of him at the beginning of the season, relative to the shape,” Levine said. “We all know what transpired at the end of the season as a result of that, but I think he deserves some credit. He did shave off some weight.”On other subjects:— There’s no timetable for a decision by Paul Molitor Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey , who was dismissed last week as manager , about whether he’ll take a job in baseball operations to stay with the organization. Falvey said the Twins remain optimistic he’ll accept.— With the process of interviewing candidates for Molitor’s replacement in full swing, Falvey said there’s no target timeline to make a hire despite the competition of five other teams simultaneously searching.— The Twins have given first baseman Joe Mauer space to spend time with his family as he mulls his future amid the likelihood he’ll retire. They don’t anticipate an answer until after the World Series, but if Mauer decides he’s interested in continuing his playing career, Falvey said, the Twins would be interested in retaining him.“Obviously there is a lot that goes into signing somebody,” Falvey said. “We’ve always told him we’d welcome Joe back, certainly.”— Center fielder Byron Buxton, who was shut down for the season in September after struggling through more injuries and hitting troubles http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/deshaun-watson-jersey , was reported to be upset by not being called back up to the Twins from Triple-A. Falvey said recent conversations with Buxton about the future were positive.“I feel good about where he’s headed with us going forward,” Falvey said.— Ehire Adrianza, who served as the regular third baseman when Sano was hurt after filling in frequently at shortstop while Jorge Polanco served his 80-game suspension for a performance-enhancing substance, had surgery Tuesday on his non-throwing shoulder to repair a torn labrum that limited him down the stretch. Adrianza will need three to four months to recover, Levine said, which could affect his availability at the beginning of spring training.
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