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Indians send prospect Bauer back to Triple-A

Top pitching prospect earned first win with Cleveland on Wednesday

Indians send prospect Bauer back to Triple-A

CLEVELAND -- Shortly after Trevor Bauer's first win as a member of the Indians, the team optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

Bauer held the Phillies scoreless on one hit over five innings in a spot start Wednesday. He walked six and struck out five in the Tribe's 6-0 win.

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The Indians needed an extra arm after playing a doubleheader in Kansas City on Sunday. Following Bauer's return to the Clippers, Cleveland's roster stands at 24 players. The Tribe plans to add another player prior to Friday's series opener against the Twins.

Bauer, the Indians' top pitching prospect, has been nearly unhittable in two outings for Cleveland this season. He has yielded only three base knocks in 10 innings. Bauer's control, however, has often eluded him, as he has issued 13 free passes. On Wednesday, he dodged enough harm to earn his second career big league win.

"Everything was working at points, but not everything all at the same time," Bauer said. "For whatever reason, I lock in more when there's guys on base. I'm a really competitive guy. I don't like giving up runs. I need to do a better job of doing that when no one is on."

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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