When Corey Kluber went down and Trevor Bauer ended up on the trade block, some Indians fans I know said “well, we could get Danny Salazar back.” So much for that: the Indians transferred Salazar from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, singling the end of his season.
Salazar made just one appearance this season, on August 1, before suffering a groin injury. Before that he had missed all of last season and most of this season recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent in July of 2018.
Salazar has all the tools necessary to be an ace starter except, unfortunately, health, which has blown a hole in his career. He has started 30 games exactly one time in his six seasons in the bigs. When he has pitched he has performed well, posting a 3.82 ERA while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings.
Now, one wonders, if he’ll ever fulfill his considerable promise.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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