In theory, Trevor Bauer would use his stint in Nippon Professional Baseball as a springboard to return to the majors. That may not be the case.
Bauer had a strong debut with the BayStars, allowing just one run on seven hits in seven innings, striking out nine. However, that has easily been the highlight of his time in Japan, as he has been pounded since. Bauer has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, on 19 hits, including four homers, in his last eight innings. While he is still generating strikeouts, he is also getting battered on the mound.
DeNa BayStars hope trek to minors gets Trevor Bauer right
Bauer getting pummeled has led to quick action from the BayStars. Sanspo.com reported that Bauer is being sent back to their farm team. In theory, this would give Bauer a chance to get back on track and return later this season.
These struggles should not be much of a surprise. He had gone nearly 22 months since he last pitched in an official game. While he had pitched well for the BayStars farm team prior to his promotion, that is still a long time between outings. Not only was there bound to be some rust, but those struggles had to be expected.
Right now, Bauer needs to find a way to get back on track. He has pounded the strike zone, but he is getting hit in return. He will need to right the ship if he is going to right the ship. Otherwise, whatever hopes he would have of returning to the majors would continue to slip further away.
The DeNa BayStars are sending Trevor Bauer to their farm team. What had been a strong start in Nippon Professional Baseball has become a disaster.