The Indians were happy to welcome back outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on Friday, but the good news was tempered with bad news on left-hander Aaron Laffey.
The return of Choo, out since spraining his thumb July 2, was expected. Laffey going on the disabled list was a bit of a surprise after an MRI on his shoulder came back clean. He was scheduled to start Sunday, but the Indians are hoping extended rest will solve Laffey's "dead arm" issue.
Laffey's fastball, which is usually in the 87-89 mph range, had dropped to the 81-82 range. Laffey said the arm fatigue was a result of being switched from reliever to starter midseason.
"All the stuff I normally experience in Spring Training, I experienced when I went back as a starter [in Columbus in June]," he told MLB.com. "Now, it's just kind of lingering around."
Because of an off day Thursday, the Indians won't need to add a starter until next Tuesday. Justin Masterson will take Laffey's Sunday start on regular rest.
-- David Andriesen
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