Trevor Bauer kicked off Halloween early last night when his disgusting diced up finger burst and dripped blood everywhere. He made it two outs into his start before he got yanked. According to a rather amusing (if not medically terrifying) report from Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, it could have been much worse.
Bauer told Passan that he repeatedly bugged the Indians’ medical staff to cauterize his finger wound shut with a soldering iron. They laughed at him, but Bauer was 100 percent serious. He truly wanted his already mangled finger to be burnt shut so bad he almost performed the procedure himself.
“I even had a soldering iron in my hotel room,” Bauer said. “Instead of going to the ER, I probably should’ve sealed it closed myself.”
A Reddit user who purportedly tried this said, “Might take longer, but it gets the job done.” Despite that compelling testimony, no, Bauer should not have sealed it closed himself. Cauterization is only necessary in a life-or-death scenario, per Stuff You Should Know. You can burn yourself (duh) or expose yourself to nasty infections.