Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer put his manager in a tough position with some of the unfounded accusations he made toward the Houston Astros earlier this month, and Terry Francona acknowledged that over the weekend.
Bauer basically declared war on the Astros a few weeks back when he attributed their pitching staff’s success to doctoring the baseball. That forced Houston manager AJ Hinch to have to defend his team, and Francona says he apologized to his counterpart on Friday over the situation.
“I don’t think that’s fair to him,” Francona said, per Alyson Footer of MLB.com. “I just told him that I appreciated the way he handled it, and we’ll try to move on.”
Bauer’s allegations led to a back and forth with several Astros players. Houston third baseman Alex Bregman called Bauer “Tyler” on Twitter to get a rise out of him, and Bauer responded by adding the name Tyler to his jersey on Friday. Francona said that’s when he decided to reach out to Hinch via text message.