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Bauer bracing for Chase Field debut

Bauer bracing for Chase Field debut

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Bauer bracing for Chase Field debut
PHOENIX -- Don't get him wrong, D-backs pitcher Trevor Bauer is more than excited about making his home debut on Tuesday at Chase Field, but the 21-year-old wouldn't mind fast-forwarding to when the storyline isn't about him anymore.

"It's more people talking about the pitcher first, but after a couple starts, it wears off and it's more about the team," Bauer said. "It'll be nice when that goes away, so then the attention goes away and gets to where it should be, and that's on the team."

Bauer made his Major League debut last Thursday against the Braves, tossing four innings and allowing two runs before being lifted early, in part because of a minor groin injury. The right-hander said that is no longer bothering him.

"I dealt with it all season, it's nagged," he said. "I thought I had gotten rid of it, then it kind of popped up again. I don't feel it at all today."

The other reasons Bauer left the game early was due to his having pitched briefly three days earlier and the high temperatures in Atlanta during his outing.

"When I looked down the bench, he was very disappointed in himself, but we talked to him about it, there was no disappointment for us," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He busted his tail, it was just time to get him out of the game. He's got great stuff, we know that, we just have to get him to apply it correctly.

"He's very competitive. I feel good about the way he'll figure things out."

Even though he didn't pitch as far into the game as he would have liked, Bauer came away from his first start encouraged with the experience.

"It was good to get my feet wet, I'd never played in a stadium that big with that many people," Bauer said. "I wasn't out there a whole lot, I didn't get a chance to learn a whole lot, but I'll be more comfortable with the energy and the routine this time."

The D-backs' top prospect will likely again be on a pitch count when he takes the mound on Tuesday, but if it was up to him, that number would be extremely high.

"Hopefully it's 250 pitches," Bauer joked. "Probably not realistic, but Nolan Ryan threw 244 pitches in a complete game 16-inning win. Most in MLB history. It hurt him so much, he quit pitching 15 years later."

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