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Pitcher Exits Playoff Game with Bloody Finger, Shows the Danger of Drones

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The popularity of camera drones has been exploding in recent years, but so have drone-related injuries — spinning propeller blades can do serious damage if they come in contact with human flesh. Case in point: a starting baseball pitcher had to exit the biggest game of his baseball career yesterday after his finger started bleeding profusely from a drone-related injury.

Warning: There are videos and images below that show Bauer’s injuries.

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was pitching Game 3 of his team’s playoff series against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday when a serious cut on his right hand pinky finger began to drip blood like a leaky faucet.

Bauer had been scheduled to pitch in Game 2 on Saturday, but last week he suffered a freak drone accident that made him ineligible. The pitcher explained at a press conference that building and flying drones is a huge hobby of his, and that the injury occurred as he has making repairs on his homemade racing camera drone.

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As he plugged the battery into his drone, one of the 4 propellers suddenly (and without explanation) began spinning up at full throttle. Bauer’s pinky was in the way and received a serious gash.

Apparently the team doctor’s felt that the injury had healed enough for Bauer to take the mound last night, but after just 3 batters in the first inning, TV cameras showed that Bauer’s swollen and bloody finger had begun bleeding uncontrollably.

Bauer was pulled from the game — his team went on to win, though — and the incident put the spotlight on the dangers of camera drones in a nationally televised way.

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