The struggling starting rotation of the Cleveland Indians took a big hit on Sunday, as starting pitcher Zach Plesac was placed on the 10-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture of the right thumb on his pitching hand.
Following his short start against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Plesac broke the thumb on his right hand while taking off an undershirt and hitting the thumb on a chair. He was sent for an x-ray on Monday when the digit remained swollen and he visited with team physician Thomas Graham in Dayton to access the extent of the injury. It was determined that Plesac’s break would not require surgery, but it would land him on the shelf for an undetermined period of time. The team hopes that he will be able to resume throwing in approximately three weeks.
The rotation had already been hit by ineffectiveness out of the fourth and fifth spots on the staff. Logan Allen lost his spot at the end of April, while Triston McKenzie’s ups and downs led to him being optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Sam Hentges has also been erratic in limited outings filling in for Allen.
The Indians will have a couple of options to consider moving forward, including returning McKenzie to the rotation, bringing up another arm from the Clippers staff like Eli Morgan, or looking at relievers Jean Carlos Mejia or Cal Quantrill, but neither of the latter options is stretched out for lengthy starting work.
Plesac’s injury is another costly loss for the Tribe’s 26-man roster. The Indians already placed DH Franmil Reyes on the IL over the weekend after he strained his left abdominal muscle during an at bat. Starting catcher Roberto Perez was already out of the lineup with a broken finger on his throwing hand that required surgery.
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