MILWAUKEE -- Trevor Bauer was still dealing with tightness in his groin muscle on Friday, but both the right-hander and manager Kirk Gibson said the injury should not prevent him from making his scheduled start Tuesday.
"He seems to be able to pitch with it," Gibson said. "We've tested it; he's strong as a bull. He's very, very strong. That's encouraging. I expect he'll be able to make his next start."
Bauer has dealt with the issue on and off throughout the year. It flared up in the third inning of his debut on Thursday, and he said it caused him to alter his mechanics and therefore impacted his command.
"A lot of hip repositioning stuff to try to take off some of the pressure and some soft tissue stuff to get some of the swelling out of there and get it to calm down a little bit," Bauer said of the treatment he received Friday. "It's been worse in [Double-A] Mobile and I never missed a start. I'll be fine."
It has been a whirlwind few days for Bauer, who is still trying to get acclimated to the big leagues. The fact that Major League teams travel via charter aircraft as opposed to flying commercial flights like they do in the Minors is a big perk. So is the fact that in the Majors players get their own hotel rooms on the road, whereas they have to have a roommate in the Minors.
"I'm still trying to figure the whole routine out," he said. "Parts have settled in. It's nice knowing guys from Spring Training, for sure. Last year, when I went to Mobile, the first time I met the guys, and when I went to [Class A] Visalia [last year], it was the first time I'd met the guys. I definitely feel more comfortable now that I know some of the guys from Spring Training and I can shoot the breeze with them. It makes things easier."
Before being called up, Bauer had to incessantly answer questions about when he thought he might be promoted. As of Thursday, his online interaction with fans changed.
"Now I have people on Twitter telling me I let their fantasy team down," Bauer said with a smile. "Whole new set of issues. It's nice, though I try to keep myself away from all that and focus on what I can control and pitch. It's tough.
"Obviously, I do enjoy going on Twitter and interacting with fans and stuff like that. I see what people are saying, good, bad and indifferent. It's something I want to continue doing, be kind of fan accessible and answering questions and stuff like that. It's always going to be there. I just hope to find a way to regulate it and be able to shut it off when I need to get my work done."