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.
Hunter allowed one run in one inning of work in Sunday's loss to Baltimore, but did have three strikeouts. Hunter came on in the ninth to protect a one-run lead and immediately gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold. Although the righty settled down and recorded three strikeouts, this was the second straight appearance in which he allowed a run. Coming back from offseason hernia surgery, Hunter has shown progression, but his 4.35 ERA leaves much to be desired.
Hunter (abdomen) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday. Hunter has yet to pitch in 2016, but will join the Cleveland bullpen and step into a middle-relief role. The 29-year-old had a down year in 2015 posting a 4.18 ERA over 60.3 innings of work.
Hunter (abdomen) could be ready to join the Cleveland bullpen shortly, MLB.com reports. "He's doing good," manager Terry Francona said. "We'll start talking about probably activating him here fairly soon." Hunter's role in the bullpen is yet to be determined but it's not likely to be a fantasy relevant role. The backend of the Cleveland bullpen has struggled at times with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw but it's hard to imagine Hunter factoring into any late-inning roles despite their struggles.