The on-going injury concerns for Indians pitcher Danny Salazar continued on Thursday, when he was removed from his first start off of the injured list in his first action since 2017 with a groin strain. After being evaluated by the team training staff on Friday, he was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Also joining Salazar on the injured list was left-handed reliever Tyler Olson with a non-baseball medical issue. Olson is dealing with the shingles.
Gerrit Cole spoiled the return to the mound of Cleveland’s Danny Salazar on Thursday by allowing a run on four hits over seven innings to win his ninth straight as the Houston Astros defeated the host Indians by a 7-1 final.
Another solid start from Cole was backed by good offensive support from his Astros teammates as Houston moved to 70-40 on the season. Cole, who is the Majors’ leader in strikeouts, won for the ninth straight decision and has not lost a game since May 22.
There’s an odd bit of symmetry to Trevor Bauer’s departure from the Indians.
The talented but mercurial starting pitcher left Cleveland as part of a three-way deal that included the Cincinnati Reds – which is the same way he arrived.
Both deals also involved an impending free agent with a year of arbitration eligibility who the Indians were unable or unwilling to pay to retain.
The Indians used four home runs to score all ten of their runs on Wednesday as Cleveland evened up its series with the Houston Astros behind a 10-4 final from Progressive Field.
On a day highlighted by a trade deadline that picked up in the final minutes, long after Cleveland’s overnight trade of Trevor Bauer that brought back five pieces for the present and future, the Indians offense looked to be sparked by the pending arrival of two new sluggers, Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, neither of whom had arrived in time for the game between two of the top teams in the American League. The Indians trailed in the early going as Zach Plesac surrendered four runs over the first three frames, but a seven-run outburst, including three home runs in the fifth and sixth innings, by the Cleveland offense pushed the Indians back into the win column while evening up the season series between the two clubs at 3-3.
On Monday afternoon, Trevor Bauer was on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, conducting his Wiffleball camp with dozens of youngsters less than 24 hours after catching the public eye after hurling a baseball from behind the Kauffman Stadium pitching mound to the center field batter’s eye.
On Tuesday, he said goodbye to his Cleveland teammates of the last six years as he was dealt across the state to Cincinnati in a reported three-team trade with the Reds and the San Diego Padres.
Verlander was sharp throughout and sat down the Tribe hitter after hitter while racking up 13 strikeouts on the night. The Indians managed to put just ten balls in play (eight for outs) against the 36-year-old right-hander, who improved to 14-4 on the year with a dominating start. He has now won all four of his starts since the All-Star break with four quality efforts.
After nearly eight months away, pitcher Kyle Dowdy has returned to the Cleveland Indians organization.
The 26-year-old right-hander cleared waivers over the weekend after being designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers on Thursday after the club acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.
Dowdy was offered back to the Indians per Rule 5 protocol and the Indians were willing to bring him back. He will head to Double-A Akron where he will work with the RubberDucks.