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Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer moved a little closer to pitching in the postseason, throwing 40 pitches off the mound inside an empty Progressive Field on Saturday.

It was a positive step in the All-Star right-hander’s recovery from a broken leg that has kept him out of the rotation for more than a month.

Bauer has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with a stress fracture in his right leg, which happened when he was struck by a line drive in Chicago. Earlier this week, he completed a bullpen session in Tampa, Florida, and followed it with a workout that was closely monitored by team president Chris Antonetti, pitching coach Carl Williams and team trainers.

“Felt good,” Bauer said afterward. “Mechanics were a little out of sequence, but I haven’t really been on a mound a whole lot in a month and a half. I expect those will come back pretty quickly. Physically it felt good.”

Bauer said it was difficult to replicate game conditions, but he did all he could to mimic competing against major league hitters in a loud ballpark.

“There’s no adrenaline in a bullpen session,” he said. “As much as

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