Justin Masterson is out with an oblique injury

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Here’s a potentially big blow to the Indians’ already dwindling playoff hopes: Justin Masterson will miss at least one start with an oblique injury suffered during his abbreviated outing yesterday.

One start wouldn’t be so bad, but very few oblique injuries tend to be that minor and if anything it’s an injury type that lingers more than most. Plenty of players have missed a month or more with oblique strains, although obviously it depends on the severity in this case.

Either way, the Indians are looking at being without Masterson for a while after he posted a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts while racking up 188 strikeouts in 189 innings and holding opponents to a .224 batting average.