The Cleveland Indians were dealt a worst case scenario in game one of their doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, as not only did they have to go to the bullpen for five and two-thirds innings of relief in an extra inning contest, they lost one of those arms to injury.
In between game one and game two of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Indians placed right-handed reliever Nick Goody on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. In a flurry of roster moves, Cleveland purchased the contract of right-hander Evan Marshall from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. To create space on the 40-man roster for Marshall, the Indians transferred righty Danny Salazar from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day list.
Goody had a regrettable go of things in the first game. Coming on for starter Carlos Carrasco with one on and one out in the sixth inning of a 7-5 Indians lead (after they rallied for seven runs), Goody’s first pitch to Josh Donaldson was drilled for a game-tying two-run home run to knot the game up at seven. The Jays would eventually reclaim the lead and the Indians would rally to tie it again in the eighth, but would lose in eleven innings despite six runs scored combined in the final frame by the two clubs.
Goody was on for his second inning of relief in the seventh when the injury occurred. Working against the Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar, his third straight slider to the outfielder was hit for a single and he came off of the mound in clear pain. He was taken out of the game immediately and replaced by Zach McAllister.
The 26-year-old has had a tough time of late. After allowing just one run in his first eight innings of relief over eight appearances, he has been tagged for runs in each of his last four outings, earning a pair of losses and a blown save in three of those games. He has given up eight runs in just three and two-thirds innings in that four-game stretch, dating back to April 26 against Seattle, to push his season ERA from 1.13 to 6.94.
For the year, he has pitched in eleven and two-thirds innings in 12 games, going 0-2 with two holds, a blown save, the 6.94 ERA, and a 1.71 WHIP with 12 strikeouts, five walks, and four home runs allowed.
Marshall, 28, was off to a good start at Triple-A with the Clippers. He had appeared in eight games in relief and had allowed three runs, but just one of those was earned. He had struck out eight batters and walked just one in ten and two-thirds innings of work.
He signed a minor league contract with the Indians in November that included an invitation to spring training. He did not make the club out of camp and reported to Columbus for his eighth season of work in the minors and and sixth different year at Triple-A, getting off to a good start there and earning another opportunity at the Major League level.
He has spent parts of the last four seasons in the Majors. He debuted with the Diamondbacks in 2014, appearing in 57 games and posting a 4-4 record with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has worked sparingly in the big leagues since, pitching in 13 games in 2015 and 15 games in 2016 with Arizona. Last season, he made nine relief appearances in April and May, but his final one in the Majors came on May 5 when he was recalled from the minors, but promptly strained his right hamstring after throwing just two pitches.
The right-hander was a fourth round pick in the 2011 draft out of Kansas State by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Toronto had to deal with injury issues of its own as the team placed Steve Pearce on the disabled list in between games with an oblique strain. The Blue Jays recalled pitcher Joe Biagini and selected the contract of righty Luis Santos from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned right-hander Danny Barnes.
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