MAY 26: No surgery for Plesac, but he’ll miss a good amount of time. The Indians will re-evaluate Plesac every seven to 10 days, and he’ll take three weeks to begin a throwing progression, Mandy Bell of MLB.com tweets.
MAY 25: The Indians will place starter Zach Plesac on the 10-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb, Zack Meisel of The Athletic was among those to report. He suffered the injury while “rather aggressively taking off his undershirt,” manager Terry Francona told Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com and other media.
It’s unclear how much time Plesac will miss, but the 26-year-old isn’t someone Cleveland can afford to go without for too long. After all, for the third straight season, Plesac has been one of the Indians’ top starters. He owns a 4.14 ERA/4.43 SIERA with a 16.2 percent strikeout rate, a 5.1 percent walk rate and a personal-high 52.7 percent groundball rate over 58 2/3 innings. Among Indians hurlers, only reigning American League Cy Young winner Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale have amassed more frames this year than Plesac.
Cleveland is in more-than-capable hands with Bieber and Civale as a one-two punch, but the rest of its starting staff loses quite a bit of luster thereafter. Triston McKenzie, whom the team optioned on May 22, as well as Logan Allen and Sam Hentges have struggled over a combined 15 starts. The Indians also demoted Allen a few weeks ago, but he or McKenzie could be candidates to come back with Plesac out of commission.