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Indians place Danny Salazar on the Triple-A disabled list

Jun 4, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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First he struggled for the Indians, then he was even worse following a demotion to the minors, and now Danny Salazar is on the Triple-A disabled list with a strained triceps muscle.

This wasn’t how this season was supposed to go for one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball, especially after Salazar dominated in the minors and then thrived during his big-league debut last season at age 23.

Hopefully it proves to be a minor injury and Salazar can get back on the mound by the end of the month, but he certainly seems unlikely to rejoin the Indians before the All-Star break.

  1. clesportsfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Should Francona have started Salazar in the one game playoff last year? Still keeps me up at nights

    • Kevin Gillman - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      He kept the team in the game, the offense let him down. 1 run? Come on.

  2. yahmule - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Hopefully this was what was wrong with him. I would love to see the 2013 version again.

    • r8rnuck - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      i don’t…i’d like to see a 2014 version with another pitch…other teams had the whole offseason to case him out. still has great potential

  3. stoicpaisano - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Beyondtheboxscore did a great piece on Salazar a week ago.
    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2014/5/29/5757888/danny-salazar-pitch-selection-cleveland-indians

    He’s been unlucky with BABIP (which should correct to the mean) but the slight dip in velocity could be a concern for the future. Salazar also needs to work on first pitch strike %, which has fallen from 67% to 57% year-to-year.

    What struck me the most is Salazar moving away from his best swing-and-miss pitches, the slider and splitter. He used them at a 31.84% rate in 2013, but scaled back to 23.26% use this season. This is despite the fact that they generated empty swings at a 16.51% (SL) or 22.02% rate (SPLIT). The split swing-miss % has gone up even higher to 27% in 2014, but Salazar won’t use it as much.

    That alone isn’t indicative of a problem if the slack is taken up by better pitches, but Salazar isn’t doing that. He’s relying much more on a sinker (4.02% 2013, 10.29% 2014) and slightly more on the four-seamer (64.14% 2013, 65.37% 2014). Salazar’s sinker looks much like the four-seamer to the hitters. Unfortunately for Tribe fans, it acts nearly the same way, as the average MPH for the two pitches are < 1 MPH apart.

    I'm interested in seeing how Salazar responds to the injury, perhaps it affected his velocity. That said, his great stuff doesn't play nearly as well starting off at 1-0 rather than 0-1. This is exacerbated by Salazar's apparent reluctance to throw his best off-speed stuff.

    I realize it's early for House/Bauer/Tomlin and recognize the value of a starter vs reliever, but am starting to think Salazar might be a better longterm fit for the pen. Perhaps he and Kyle Crockett can help build a bridge to Cody Allen.

    Salazar has too much potential to not find a niche, I don't want to see him end up as the next Carrasco.

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