Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 7/2/12
PHOENIX -- Bauer Mania comes to Chase Field on Tuesday -- and it's here to stay. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson confirmed Monday that rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer is expected to be part of the team's rotation for the rest of the season shortly after Bauer expressed excitement about making his home debut Tuesday night against the Padres. "I'm not too anxious," Bauer said, meeting the Phoenix media for the first time as a major leaguer. "I just try to take it day by day and take everything as it is and as it comes. It will definitely be fun, and I'm looking forward to it." Bauer made his major league debut last Thursday amid considerable buzz about his arrival. Between a high pitch count and mild groin strain, Bauer lasted just four innings and got a no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits. Though Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, said he wasn't nervous making the start in Atlanta, he did concede that the circumstances were a bit foreign. "It was good to get my feet wet," Bauer said. "I'd never played in a stadium with that many people, that big, (and) kind of all the energy in the stadium." The stadium wont be any smaller Tuesday night, and it might be even more energetic with the D-backs fans eager to get their first look at Bauer as a big leaguer. To top it off, he'll be matched up against exciting hard-throwing young Padres starter Andrew Cashner. Getting the first major league start out of the way, Bauer believes, was important to his learning process and adjustment to the majors. Bauer was also on short rest Thursday after starting in Triple-A on Sunday, so a combination of factors made the whole thing a bit of a whirlwind. "It was a pretty short outing, so I didn't get a chance to learn a whole lot," Bauer said. "I think I'll be a little more comfortable this outing with the size of the stadium, the energy and just kind of the routine." As for the groin injury, Bauer doesn't expect it to be an issue Tuesday. He said it felt fine Monday and, while it has bothered him intermittently this season, he had not felt anything in about a month before Thursday, nor has he missed any time with the injury. Gibson also seemed eager to see how Bauer fares in different circumstances Tuesday, particularly after seeing that Bauer felt disappointed in himself after exiting his first outing. Tuesday's start, Gibson said, should be less overwhelming for the young hurler. "He's got great stuff, we know that," Gibson said. "We've just got to get him to apply it properly. Part of its just by feel and (also) getting in competition, getting with your catcher and starting to read hitters a little differently up here." While Bauer's home debut will come with nearly as much excitement as his first start last week, it will be one more first out of the way. Once the newness of Bauer's presence wears off, things should slow down a bit for him. "After a couple starts, the luster kind of wears off and you just become another pitcher," Bauer said. "And then it's 'The Diamondbacks won today' or 'They didn't win today' instead of 'The Diamondbacks won, but it was Trevor Bauer's first start or Trevor Bauer's first home start.' And that's really what it's all about, anyway -- the team winning."
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