Danny Salazar ran into his first injury woes as a major leaguer, and they not only cost him time, but also impacted his bottom line. The shoulder, elbow, and forearm were all cited as issues during the season, with the latter two both forcing him to the sidelines. Meanwhile, his walk rate surged to a career-worst 10.8 percent, the fourth highest figure among starters (min. 130 IP). In 60 starts from 2013-15, he walked more than four batters just twice, but he had five such outings in 2016. His first-pitch strike rate also dropped to a career-low 53.9 percent (career 58.6). On the plus side, his 27.6 percent K% was the highest since his 30.8 percent mark in his 52-inning debut back in 2013. He also improved upon his groundball gains from 2015, aiding him to his best home run rate ever (1.05 HR/9), made more impressive by the colossal leap in homers league-wide. The injury issues will lower his price, but there's still huge upside. Speculate.
Salazar could see around 30 innings during spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old hurler was sidelined for a good portion of the 2016 campaign due to elbow and forearm issues, but he did manage to return to pitch in the World Series. The Indians seem to be taking the cautious approach with Salazar despite his current healthy billing, but this approach should help him hit the ground running and insert himself into a big role in Cleveland's rotation once Opening Day rolls around.
Salazar agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million contract with the Indians on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Salazar was cruising through what looked destined to be a career year, posting sub-2.50 ERAs in each of the first three months. Unfortunately, elbow and forearm issues derailed his season. While Salazar did make it back for the World Series, he served as a long-reliever rather than as a starter. If 100 percent healthy, he should return to the rotation his spring.
Salazar (forearm) was informed that he will make the Indians' World Series roster, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game over the weekend, and it appears that it went well enough to warrant a roster spot on baseball's biggest stage. It's unclear what type of role the right-hander will fill, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said that Salazar could pitch 65-70 pitches if need be, meaning that a rotation spot is still not out of the realm of possibility for the 26-year-old.
Salazar (forearm) will throw simulated games over the weekend and has not been ruled out as a rotation option for the World Series, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. This is huge news, as the Indians rotation has been decimated recently due to injuries, so getting Salazar back into the fold would be a big help for the AL champs. Naturally, nothing is certain yet, but it seems like the right-hander has turned a corner in his rehab and is close to contributing to the Indians' title push.
Salazar (forearm) was not included on the Indians' ALCS roster. Manager Terry Francona was not confident that Salazar would be ready for this series when he spoke to the media Wednesday, and that belief was reaffirmed after the right-hander's omission from the roster. This means the first time Salazar will be available in any capacity is the World Series (if the Indians manage to advance to that round), and even that would probably be in a bullpen role given his lack of game action recently.