Salazar (shoulder) is now throwing from 180 feet, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Manager Terry Francona spoke about Salazar's progress Monday, stating, "In his last 10 days, two weeks, his progress has almost skyrocketed." The next step in Salazar's return will be to throw off the mound. While he is almost certainly destined for the injured list to begin the season, Salazar could be utilized out of the bullpen when he is ready to return after missing the entirety of the 2018 season.
Salazar (shoulder) played catch from 120 feet Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Salazar was throwing from 90 feet as of mid-to-late February, so the increased distance is a small sign that he's made progress in his recovery from right shoulder surgery. The Indians still haven't outlined a timeline for Salazar to throw off a mound, however, making him a candidate to open the season on the 60-day injured list.
Salazar (shoulder) is hoping to resume mound work before the end of spring training, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Salazar didn't pitch all of last season due to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery in July. The right-hander recently resumed playing catch, and barring any setbacks, the hope is that Salazar will be able to pitch for the Indians prior to the All-Star break. At this point, it's unclear if Salazar will return as a starter or reliever in 2019. Either way, expectations should be tempered coming off the extended layoff.
Salazar (shoulder) isn't expected to be healthy enough to begin the 2019 season with the Indians, Joe Noga of Cleveland.com reports. Salazar was expected to start a throwing program in mid-December, though the Indians are already fairly certain the right-hander won't break camp with the big-league club when spring training comes to a close. He'll likely need to spend at least a few weeks in the minors rehabbing until he's ready to return to the major leagues. A better idea of Salazar's availability should become clearer as the season approaches.
Salazar (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with Cleveland on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Salazar failed to pitch this past season due to a shoulder injury that required exploratory arthroscopic surgery. It's unclear whether the 28-year-old has resumed throwing at this point, so his status for Opening Day remains up in the air. In 2017, he posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with a 12.7 K/9 across 103 innings.
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