Hunter (back) was released by the Indians on Thursday. Hunter had been rehabbing his way back from a back injury, but the club apparently decided he wouldn't be able to help them down the stretch run of the season and made the 30-year-old a free agent. It's unclear when Hunter will be able to return from his injury, but if healthy, he could find himself back in the majors wherever he lands when rosters expand in September.
Hunter (back) will begin his rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Columbus, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Hunter is still a couple weeks from returning as he will need multiple outings before returning to the team, but this is a positive sign for the 30-year-old. He has been out since before the All-Star break, but recently threw off a mound last week for the first time since going down.
Hunter (back) threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since breaking a vertebra in his back over the All-Star break, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hunter seems like a candidate to rejoin the Indians once rosters expand in September but his role figures to be limited upon rejoining the Indians bullpen.
Hunter was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports. The injury was non-baseball related, with manager Terry Francona relaying to reporters that Hunter hurt himself while slipping on the stairs over the All-Star break while he was carrying his child. Although a timetable for Hunter's recovery won't be announced until he undergoes further tests in Cleveland, it seems likely that he'll miss more than the 15-day minimum. Cody Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move and will help fill out the Tribe's bullpen.
Hunter (2-1) pitched 1.2 perfect innings in Thursday's win against Kansas City. Hunter didn't strike out a single batter, but he managed to lead his team to a win. He only has six strikeouts in 12 innings and his 3.75 ERA is still a bit high, however, and he needs to produce strikeouts to have any sort of fantasy value.