Indians manager Terry Francona says righty Danny Salazar will travel to Cleveland tomorrow for followup testing for tightness in his forearm, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian tweets. Salazar is expected to miss at least one start. There’s no indication that the Indians plan to place him on the DL (and also no reason for them to hurry to such a determination, since rosters expanded last week).
Salazar left yesterday’s start against the Twins due to the condition. The team described Salazar’s departure as precautionary, but as MLBTR’s Steve Adams and Jeff Todd noted yesterday, this isn’t the first time this year Salazar has had arm trouble — he missed time in August due to elbow inflammation and also had minor elbow and shoulder issues earlier in the year.
There is currently no hint that Salazar is seriously hurt, but a bout of arm trouble for a pitcher of Salazar’s caliber is clearly worth monitoring, and losing Salazar for a significant period of time would be a significant blow to the Indians’ hopes of advancing in the playoffs. Salazar has used his mid-90s fastball and terrific changeup to strike out opposing batters at an outstanding rate of 10.6 batters per nine innings this season. Notably, though, he has struggled lately, with a 7.75 ERA over 38 1/3 innings since July 9.