PHOENIX -- Carlos Santana had seen pitcher Trevor Bauer's unique warm-up ritual on television, but now the Indians catcher has experienced it firsthand.
During Sunday's 7-4 win over the Brewers, Bauer put his pre-inning routine on display for the first time as a member of the Tribe. For his first warm-up pitch, the young starter rushes forward from behind the mound, does a crow hop over the rubber and throws the ball as hard as he can toward home plate.
Santana knew it was coming.
"Oh, yeah," Santana said with a smile. "I'm ready for everything."
Santana stood to receive the ball and said he set himself up a couple extra steps behind home plate. Following that first warm-up pitch, the 22-year-old Bauer returns to the mound and works through a more typical process.
Santana had no issues with Bauer's different approach.
"Every pitcher, every player has a routine," Santana said. "This is his routine. If he's comfortable doing that, it's OK. I respect his routine."
The Indians acquired Bauer from the D-backs in a December trade that involved the Reds and resulted in nine players switching uniforms. Last season, Bauer went just 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four outings with Arizona, but was 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings between stops at Double-A and Triple-A.
In his spring debut, Bauer turned in two shutout innings against the Brewers, finishing with two hits allowed, two strikeouts and no walks.
"He did a great job," Santana said.