CLEVELAND: Perhaps this saga involving Trevor Bauer and his drone will have a better outcome.

Bauer last season put the Indians in an unwanted position last October when, on the eve of the Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, he sliced open his pinkie finger while working with a drone. That forced the Indians to juggle their rotation in the ALCS, and eventually forced his exit in the first inning of Game 3 in Toronto.

The Indians survived the series, of course, but the image of Bauer’s pinkie dripping blood onto the mound in Toronto became one of the lasting images of the 2016 postseason run.

Now, Bauer’s missing a drone (but he’s not missing any fingers, at least). He was flying it around Clague Park in Westlake when he noticed the GoPro had fallen off. He set the drone down to go looking for the GoPro in another part of the park and when he finally returned, someone had taken the drone.

Bauer tweeted, showing he at least has a sense of humor about the ordeal from last year, jokingly calling for the drone “thief” to return it and adding #SaveMyPinky.

“Probably, someone happened to be strolling through the park and came upon it, and then look around, didn't see anyone immediately there and just picked it up,” Bauer said.” I don't think anyone had any malicious intent. I was mostly joking when I was saying they were a thief.”

Bauer builds the frames of his drones and routinely tests them by flying and crashing them and reworking the construction. This was the second of its kind, which Bauer says only he can fly. The drone cost roughly $300, but it’s more about the time investment.
“If I don’t get it back, I’ll have to make a third one,” Bauer said. “And no Cleveland fan wants me to be building a drone right now.”

Outfield unrest

The Indians’ outfield construction heading into the postseason remains unclear.

Michael Brantley (ankle), Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) and Brandon Guyer (wrist) are all working their way back from their respective injuries.

Brantley, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9, has been able to go through some baseball activities but hasn’t been able to progress to running on the field. He was recently shut down from running.

“Brantley is going to try to run later this week,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Kind of one step at a time. We’ll see how he does and see where that leads.”

Brantley’s status for the American League Division Series is still in the air. He might be able to resume running, but it’s unclear how ready he might be to return to the lineup by next week.

The outlook is brighter with Chisenhall, who ran on Tuesday and “did really well,” according to Francona.

“He actually wanted to be available [Tuesday night],” Francona said. “I think our trainers were thinking maybe more [Wednesday]. But I have a feeling Lonnie is back there right now. If you see him pinch hitting, you know he won. But more than likely it’ll be [Wednesday]. The fact that he ran and did well is really encouraging.”

Guyer might be in the toughest spot, as he might not be able to start hitting until later this week and hasn’t been able to do some of the baseball activities that Brantley has to retain his timing.

As of now, the Indians have Jay Bruce, Austin Jackson, Abraham Almonte, Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin and, as a recent addition, Jason Kipnis available in the outfield. It appears likely Chisenhall should be ready to go, but the Indians will have to wait and see to what extent Brantley and/or Guyer can be implemented.