The Indians announced on Monday that starter Danny Salazar underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. He won’t throw for 12 to 16 weeks and has been ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season. What is, however, good news for Salazar and the Indians is that the surgery was exploratory and not more invasive.
Salazar, 28, first experienced inflammation in his right rotator cuff in mid-January and had been trying to work his way back from it ever since. He pitched in extended spring training, then had his shoulder reexamined in early May. At the end of May, he received a cortisone injection in his shoulder, but it obviously didn’t help enough.
Salazar has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining after earning $5 million this season. The Indians hope he will be ready for spring training next year.