Danny Salazar Injury: Updates on Indians Pitcher's Elbow and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

CLEVELAND, OH -  AUGUST 1: Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar hasn't pitched since suffering an arm injury on Sept. 9 but has recovered enough to be part of the World Series roster.

Continue for updates.

Salazar Added to World Series Roster

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com noted that Cody Anderson was moved off the roster to make room for Salazar on Tuesday.

"I don't know if I'm a starter or reliever, but I'm ready," Salazar told reporters Monday after revealing that Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway told him that he'll be on the roster for the series against the Chicago Cubs.

Callaway said Salazar could throw 65-70 pitches, via Bastian.

Salazar Throws Simulated Game

Sunday, Oct. 23

Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram provided the latest info on the 26-year-old:

Chris AssenheimerC-T @CAwesomeheimer

Salazar set to throw 3-inning simulated game today at Progressive Field. Looks like he will be on #WorldSeries roster. #Indians

Salazar Provides Indians with Electric Arm When Healthy

Salazar landed on the disabled list in early August with right elbow inflammation that bothered him after the All-Star break, and he returned to the mound on Aug. 18 following 16 days away from the diamond. However, he lasted just five more starts. 

Prior to hitting the shelf, Salazar was one of the American League's most imposing forces on the bump. In 17 first-half starts, Salazar posted a 10-3 record, 2.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings as Cleveland morphed into a title contender.

However, he faltered in July with a 6.14 ERA in 22 innings, struggling to harness the first-half form that earned him an All-Star nod. He was even worse in August with a 12.41 ERA.

All told, Salazar went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 161 strikeouts and 63 walks as he helped the Indians win the AL Central. 

Cleveland has a depleted stable of arms heading into the World Series, as Carlos Carrasco is out for the season and Trevor Bauer is dealing with hand trouble. Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and rookie Ryan Merritt are expected to earn starts, although the addition of a healthy Salazar is a huge boost for the Indians.


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