"He'll pitch tomorrow," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Monday's opener. "He's good. He came in early today, because if something wasn't going the right direction, we wanted to make sure we were able to have a heads up, because that would entail a roster move. But he's good to go. So that was good news."
Bauer has pitched well this season, carrying an 0.95 ERA over his first 19 innings. Although he's struggled at times with his command, Bauer has yet to allow a home run and has seen a significant boost in both his swinging-strike rate and his strikeout rate. Bauer has struck out more than one-third of the batters he's faced this season, which is tops among all MLB starters.
Tuesday will be his fourth career outing against Kansas City, and his first this season.
August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.