CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer moved a little closer to pitching in the postseason C. J. Cron Jersey
, throwing 40 pitches off the mound inside an empty Progressive Field on Saturday.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,” 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 http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey
, 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.” GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition.The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on Aug Jonny Venters Jersey
, 7 to repair his left hip.He struck out twice and fielded one ball Thursday, an infield single. Although the runner was going to be safe, Seager completed the throw.“It was good, didn’t hesitate, didn’t think about it, just kind of did it,” he said.“I wanted to finish it, kind of check that off the list.”Seager had three plate appearances in a minor league game Monday but did not play the field.“It was nice to move around,” he said. “It has been a long time. It is weird. You try to find your timing. For the most part it was a lot smoother than I expected.”Los Angeles has not projected whether he will be available for the opener against Arizona on March 28.“It’s about building up innings at this point,” Seager said.The left-handed Seager’s last at bat Matt Moore Jersey
, against a right-hander, lasted eight pitches.“At this point, I’m not really worried about the outcome,” he said. “That was maybe my ninth AB. I’m still trying to get comfortable in the box.”Notes: LHP Clayton Kershaw threw a 31-pitch bullpen session to Russell Martin as manager Dave Roberts looked on along with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and other staff. Kershaw threw some offspeed pitches. He had been was limited to 20 pitches, all fastballs, on Monday in his first bullpen session since Feb. 20. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by left shoulder discomfort. … OF Alex Verdugo is likely to make the opening-day roster. “Everyone has a different path and a different maturity growth and I think he’s grown up, he’s grown up,” Roberts said of the 22-year-old. … INF Max Muncy was scratched from the game against Cincinnati because of pain and stiffness in his right forearm/wrist.