CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have not yet released their 25-man roster for the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, but one thing is for sure, starting pitcher Danny Salazar will not be available.
Salazar will be sent to the Indians’ spring-training facility in Goodyear, Arizona, to continue working his way back from a right arm strain that is the latest in a string of arm injuries that short-circuited his All-Star season.
“He’s not ready to pitch in the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. “He’s making significant progress and we think there’s a possibility that a game might not be too off on the horizon.”
On Monday, September 12, the Indians announced that Salazar would miss three to four weeks because of the arm strain.
Salazar underwent an MRI in Cleveland, and following further analysis by team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz, he was diagnosed with a mild strain to his flexor musculature in his right arm. However, his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) reconstruction from a previous Tommy John Surgery remained intact.
According to the release announcing the diagnosis, Salazar received a PRP injection and could not throw for approximately 10 days.
An American League All-Star after starting the season with a 10-3 record and 2.75 earned run average in 17 starts, Salazar struggled since first experiencing elbow discomfort in July, which kept him out of the Midsummer Classic.
Following a return from the All-Star break and a stint on the disabled list in August, Salazar went 1-3 with a 7.44 ERA in eight starts. Over 32.2 innings of work, Salazar allowed 44 hits, 29 runs, 27 of which were earned, and seven home runs with 17 walks against 43 strikeouts.
On the season, Salazar holds an 11-6 record with a 3.87 earned run average over 137.1 innings pitched in 25 starts. He has 161 strikeouts against 63 walks, and a 1.34 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched).
“He’ll have a lot more ability to have one-on-one out there,” Francona said. “The weather’s obviously good. We’re going to send other players also, and we explained that to Danny. I think he completely understands. It puts him in the best position.
“We’re being pretty consistent with what we’ve said all along. The first priority is to get him healthy. When that happens, where it takes us, we’ll see. This puts him in the best position to do that.”