Danny Salazar

SP / Cleveland Indians / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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    • Salazar (groin) elected free agency after being outrighted off the Indians' 40-man roster Monday. Salazar's career has become derailed by injuries after a promising start. He's made just a single big-league appearance over the last two years combined, injuring his groin in August in his first start since recovering from a serious shoulder issue. He'll likely generate some interest as a lottery ticket due to his career 3.82 ERA and 27.7 percent strikeout rate, but he'll turn 30 in January and is one of the biggest injury risks in the league, so expectations should be kept very low.

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    • Salazar (groin) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Salazar stepped away from his rehab assignment earlier in the week and the move to the 60-day IL means he'll be sidelined through the end of the regular season. The 29-year-old returned from the IL at the end of July and allowed two runs over four innings during his lone start before going back on the shelf. Salazar would be eligible to rejoin the Indians in October, but that seems unlikely given how this season has unfolded.

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    • Salazar asked for and was granted time away from his rehab assignment Tuesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Salazar has had a run of bad luck over the last two seasons. He was sent to the injured list in early August immediately after making his first start since 2017. It's not clear that he's in the Indians' plans the rest of the season.

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    • Salazar (groin) struck out one over a perfect inning Tuesday in his rehab start for Double-A Akron. Salazar made only one start for the big club earlier this month before straining his right groin in that same outing and returning to the 10-day injured list. The Indians haven't specifically outlined their plans for Salazar the rest of the season, but his usage Tuesday indicates he'll most likely be in store for a bullpen role once he's activated. The emergence of rookie Aaron Civale along with the potential return of ace Corey Kluber (oblique) from the IL later in September lessens the need for Cleveland to bring Salazar back in a starting role.

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    • Salazar (groin) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Monday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Salazar has been on the shelf since Aug. 1 with a groin injury that he suffered in what was his first big-league start since 2017 due to recurring shoulder injuries. With a little more than a month left in the regular season, the Indians may opt to bring back Salazar in a relief role. He's scheduled to pitch one inning for Akron on Monday.

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      2019 CLE 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 2 3 4 4.50 1.75
      2018 CLE 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      TOTAL 109 105 591.0 38 34 0 688 213 536 3.82 1.26

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