Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Jason A. Churchill
Right-hander Trevor Bauer will start in place of left-hander Scott Kazmir, and his chances to stick may depend entirely on how well he performs. Kazmir's stay on the disabled list could last 15 days or several weeks, but Bauer is part of the Cleveland Indians' long-term hopes and as soon as he shows he's ready the club will clear a spot for him.
Carlos Carrasco also could be a candidate to fill in for Kazmir, but he's serving a suspension so Bauer will get first crack. Both may ultimately be in the rotation if Brett Myers continues to struggle the way he did in his first start of the season -- four home runs allowed -- and throughout spring training.
Bauer struggled in his first shot at the majors in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks before being traded to Cleveland over the winter. Throwing strikes is the biggest factor, as he walked 13 batters in 16 1/3 innings. He walked seven more in his first shot this season. More of the same will earn him a trip back to Triple-A in a hurry.