Indians Trevor Bauer to return from DL on Friday vs. Red Sox

Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians wears a cooler on his head as he stands in the dugout next to teammateTrevor Bauer #47 during the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers. The Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers 15-0 to clinch there American League Central Championship at Progressive Field on September 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– Trevor Bauer will start for the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Red Sox on Friday in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month.

Indians manager Terry Francona says 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 and be in Cleveland’s rotation for the playoffs. The right-hander is expected to start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

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 is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA in 25 starts and was named to his first All-Star team.

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