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02-20-2019, 03:47 AM,
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer moved a little closer to pitching in the postseason Womens Phillip Lindsay Jersey , throwing 40 pitches off the mound inside an empty Progressive Field on Saturday.It was a positive step in the All-Star right-hander’s recovery from a broken leg that has kept him out of the rotation for more than a month.Bauer has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with a stress fracture in his right leg, which happened when he was struck by a line drive in Chicago. Earlier this week, he completed a bullpen session in Tampa and followed it with a workout that was closely monitored by team president Chris Antonetti, pitching coach Carl Williams and team trainers.“Felt good,” Bauer said afterward. “Mechanics were a little out of sequence, but I haven’t really been on a mound a whole lot in a month and a half. I expect those will come back pretty quickly. Physically it felt good.”Bauer said it was difficult to replicate game conditions, but he did all he could to mimic competing against major league hitters in a loud ballpark.“There’s no adrenaline in a bullpen session Cheap Kerryon Johnson Jersey ,” he said. “As much as you try to compete with yourself or trick yourself mentally or whatever, it’s just not there. So hopefully I can face hitters next, get some people out here talking and yelling at some hitters, stuff like that, try to get the adrenaline up.“That’d be nice.”The Indians think it would be nice if they could count on Bauer in October. The 27-year-old was having his best season and had moved into Cy Young consideration when he was nailed by a line drive hit by Chicago’s Jose Abreu.Bauer remains miffed about the course of his season. Now, though, his focus is getting back and helping anyway he can — whether it’s starting or in relief.There’s not much time left in the regular season and Bauer doesn’t know what the Indians have planned for him before the playoffs begin.“I pitch when they tell me to pitch ,” he said. “I feel confident that I’ll be able to compete and help us win in whatever role that is. I come into spring training ready to throw 5-6-7 innings. So, I’ll make that point clear.”Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will throw his next bullpen session on Tuesday, and it’s possible he’ll do it with a batter at the plate — to help simulate game situations.“I know Trev wanted to feel like it was Game 7 today,” Francona said. “It’s about impossible.” The New York Mets reportedly have interest in free-agent relief pitcher Andrew Miller, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.Morosi noted that Miller had a strong relationship with Mets manager Mickey Callaway when Callaway was the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians.After several dominant years, Miller struggled in 2018 primarily due to injury.The 33-year-old lefty landed on the disabled listthree timeslast season with hamstring, knee and shoulder ailments.Miller was limited to 37 regular-season appearances Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , and he finished with a 2-4 record, earned two saves and posted a 4.24 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He also struck out 45 batters over 34 innings.From 2014 to 2017, Miller had an ERA of 2.04 or lower in each season.Cleveland acquired him in a trade with the New York Yankees in 2016. That season, he was named an All-Star for the first time and went 10-1 with a 1.45 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 123 strikeouts in 74.1 innings pitched.The Indians leaned heavily on Miller during their run to the World Series in 2016, as he threw 19.1 innings over 10 playoff appearances, finishing with a 1.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts.Miller was named the American League Championship Series MVP Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey , but Cleveland fell just short of a World Series title, losing to the Chicago Cubs in seven games.There was no World Series hangover for Miller, as he followed up that performance with a 1.44 ERA and another All-Star nod in 2017.While legitimate questions surround Miller's health after last season, he could be a great fit in New York for the right price given his previous success with the crosstown rival Yankees.The Mets are in need of a closer or setup man after trading Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics last season.Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Anthony Swarzak are among the top internal options to close, but they both have limited experience in that role.If the Mets want to lend support to top-flight starting pitchers such as Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, they need a quality bullpen , and Miller could be a key piece if he manages to get over the injuries that plagued him last season.
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