Indians starter Danny Salazar was diagnosed with a mild strain to his flexor musculature after undergoing an MRI in Cleveland on Monday, the club announced. The right-hander will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection tomorrow. He’ll be shut down from throwing for 10 days and won’t return to action for at least three to four weeks.
Salazar, 26, left Friday’s start against the Twins after four innings as he felt tightness in his right forearm. There was some concern that his ulnar collateral ligament could have been compromised, which might’ve meant Tommy John surgery. The Indians and Salazar both breathed a sigh of relief, I’m sure.
Overall, Salazar has had a good season for the Indians, but after making the All-Star team, he’s had a rough second half. His splits:
- First half: 10-3, 2.75 ERA, 118/46 K/BB ratio, 9 HR allowed (104 2/3 innings)
- Second half: 1-3, 7.44 ERA, 43/17 K/BB ratio, 7 HR allowed (32 2/3 innings)
If things go smoothly from here, it sounds like Salazar could rejoin the Indians in time for the postseason. The club holds a seven-game lead over the Tigers for first place in the AL Central.
Orioles backup catcher Caleb Joseph and I have something in common: we both have yet to drive in a run in a major league game this season. Joseph has appeared in 44 games and taken 132 plate appearances, but there’s a big old goose egg in his RBI column.
If Joseph makes it to season’s end without driving in a run, he’ll become the first hitter to do that, minimum 100 at-bats, per Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com, citing the Elias Sports Bureau.
If the threshold is moved back to 75 plate appearances, the list includes a bunch of pitchers, but only nine total (including Joseph) since 2000. If we exclude pitchers, Kenny Lofton didn’t knock in a run across 79 plate appearances as a rookie with the Astros in 1991.
(Cap tip to Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky)
Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison will miss the remainder of the season due to a strained right groin suffered on Saturday night, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. Harrison suffered the injury rounding first base on a double against the Reds in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game.
Harrison, 29, was once again unable to find the All-Star form he showed in 2014. He finishes this season with a .283/.311/.388 triple-slash line with 36 extra-base hits, 59 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 522 plate appearances.
Sean Rodriguez and Adam Frazier should be expected to handle second base the rest of the way for the Wild Card-hopeful Pirates.