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Salazar Returns to the Injured List, Olson Joins Him in Roster Shuffle

Salazar Returns to the Injured List, Olson Joins Him in Roster Shuffle

| On 02, Aug 2019

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.

To replace the two pitchers on the roster, Cleveland added a pair of recently acquired relievers, right-handers Phil Maton and Hunter Wood.

Salazar left after four innings of work against the Houston Astros on Thursday night. He allowed a pair of solo homers and four hits in total while walking three and striking out two. It was his first MLB activity since October 9, 2017, when he worked an inning and two-thirds in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. He last started a game on September 27 of that season.

It is unknown how long the 29-year-old will be out of action. He previously missed all of 2018 and the first half of 2019 with right shoulder issues.

Olson worked an inning and one-third on Thursday night, but the shingles diagnosis was not new news for the Indians organization. He has apparently been fighting the condition for the last six to eight weeks.

“I’ve never had it,” said Indians manager Terry Francona prior to the team’s game on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. “I’ve heard people that have had them say that they can be really debilitating. He’s been fighting his way through it. There’s been days that have been worse than others. So we’re going to let him take a deep breath and see if we can maybe get him treated more aggressively without the game hanging over his head.”

Maton and Wood will make their debuts in the Indians dugout on Friday night after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

Maton was acquired on July 12 from the San Diego Padres for international bonus slot money. He had worked in 112 games (all in relief) for the Padres over the last three years, but struggled this season, posting a 7.77 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings of work over 21 games. He struck out a career-best 10.5 batters per nine innings a year ago.

The 26-year-old had made seven appearances with the Clippers since joining the club, posting an 0-1 record with one save, a 3.52 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP over seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 13, walking four, and allowing four hits. He was 2-1 with two saves in 13 previous appearances with the Padres’ El Paso affiliate with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Wood, a 25-year-old right-hander, joined the Indians on Sunday afternoon from Tampa Bay in another trade involving bonus pool money. He was accompanied by utility man Christian Arroyo in the trade, while the Rays received Class-A outfielder Ruben Cardenas.

Wood was frequently moving back and forth between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham this season. He was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP for the Rays in 19 appearances (including two games as an opener). In addition to his games with the Rays, he had worked a pair of rehab appearances at High-A and eight games at Durham this season. Since being acquired by the Indians, he had pitched in just one game for the Clippers, allowing a solo homer and striking out three in an inning and one-third against Louisville.

Aaron Civale is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take Salazar’s next turn in the rotation on Monday against Texas. Zach Plesac will be bumped back a day to accommodate.

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