In a day seemingly filled with news that had to do with either injuries or apologies, here’s some more injury news. The Indians announced that pitcher Danny Salazar has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was also activated from the seven-day concussion DL.
Salazar, 27, was recently moved to the bullpen after 10 unsuccessful starts during which he compiled a 5.50 ERA. In 2 2/3 innings of relief, the right-hander gave up a run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Chisenhall, 28, suffered his concussion on May 22. He was hitting a productive .261/.333/.543 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 107 plate appearances.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.