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Indians send Danny Salazar back to the minors after impressive debut

Jul 12, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians' Salazar pitches during MLB American League baseball game against Toronto Blue Jays in Cleveland Reuters

As expected the Indians have optioned Danny Salazar back to the minors after the 23-year-old prospect made his big-league debut yesterday.

The only reason it’s worth noting is that Salazar was really, really good. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Blue Jays, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced, and finished with six innings of one-run ball and a nifty 7/1 K/BB ratio.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that Salazar had the most strikeouts by an Indians pitcher making his MLB debut since Luis Tiant in 1964. But with the All-Star break coming up and the Indians wanting to get Salazar regular work a return to the minors makes sense even if he’s pitched his way into their plans for the second half.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Also worth noting is the replay showed that the first batter to get a hit off him (Thole) took an 0-2 pitch that was a couple of inches below the very center of the strike zone, but instead of being a strikeout, the ump called it a ball. Two pitches later came the hit. We were told Salazar was on a strict pitch limit, but no-hit bids sometimes change manager’s minds. Unlikely in the extreme of course that he’d have carried it to the end, but we’ll never know. So as it is, Bobo still stands alone!

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Not only that, but two batters later when the inning continued Bautista hit his double to drive in what was the tying run at the time. It’s ashame that ended the no-hit bid, and the shutout. But I am glad the Indians scored 2 runs in bottom of 6th to get him in line for the win. Kid earned it.

  2. missthemexpos - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    No doubt about it, Salazar was good, but on the other hand yesterdays performance by the Blue Jay hitters pretty much for the most part sums up their season thus far……they seem baffled at the plate.

  3. gbrim - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Trevor Bauer has been passed by another young pitcher. Second time in two years, on two different teams. Proof that scouting and development are very imperfect skills.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Don’t give up on Bauer yet. Kid has the stuff, he just has to work on his control. I’m looking forward to seeing Salazar and Bauer in the top of the rotation for the next 5 or 6 seasons.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Salazar looked very good. He will be back!

  5. modellforprez - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM


    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Here’s an idea for you modell…if you don’t like Cleveland, don’t read this post.

  6. furryroadkill - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Very impressive comment modell…did you channel art’s inner bruised scrotum to come up w/that? Nevermind…don’t answer that.

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