Trevor Bauer was forced out of his Game 3 start after just four batters when blood began to drip out of his right pinkie finger.
Six relievers combined to record 25 outs for the Cleveland Indians, who took a 3-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS with a 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.
"I'm a competitor, man. I want to be out there," Bauer said. "I wouldn't have gone out there if I didn't want to be out there. It was my turn to pitch, and I expected myself to go deep in the ballgame, like I always do."
Bauer gashed his finger while doing routine maintenance on a drone last week in Cleveland and had his scheduled start pushed back from Game 2. He says his finger hadn't bleed for a few days.
"When I went out there and got to the mound, I couldn't believe how much it was bleeding," Terry Francona said. "I can't believe he hid it for the two pitches. I mean, it was on the dirt, it was on the rubber. And Brian Gorman looked at me and said, 'He can't pitch.' I was like, 'I know that.'"