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Danny Salazar | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/11/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / CLE
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The Indians have officially named Danny Salazar to their roster for the World Series.
He'll take Cody Anderson's place on the roster. Salazar hasn't pitched since September 9 due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he made it through a three-inning simulated game on Sunday with no issues. His role for the series is uncertain at the moment, but he's an option to potentially start Game 4. The Indians could also go with Ryan Merritt or Corey Kluber on short rest. Oct 25 - 10:11 AM

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Danny Salazar (forearm) has been told by Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that he will be part of the World Series roster.

Callaway said that Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. Manager Terry Francona wouldn't commit to how he'd use the right-hander, but he should get a start against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched in a game since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he's made it through a few simulated games with no issues. It seems likely that he'll get the ball in Game 4, following Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Ryan Merritt has also been told he's on the roster, but he's presumably now slated for long relief.
Oct 24 - 4:37 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game on Sunday.

If Salazar responds well to the outing, it could earn him a spot on the World Series roster and a potential start in Game 4 against the Cubs. Salazar has been sidelined since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle.
Oct 23 - 6:26 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona on Friday didn't rule out the possibility of Danny Salazar (forearm) making a start during the World Series.

Salazar threw a two-inning simulated game Sunday and will throw another sim game this weekend that could last up to three innings. He hasn't pitched in a game in six weeks due to a strained right flexor musculature and would obviously be quite restricted from a pitch count perspective if he made a start in the World Series. However, given the number of injuries the Indians have dealt with in their rotation, getting Salazar back even in a limited capacity could be a boost.
Oct 21 - 2:41 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that he was impressed with Danny Salazar's (forearm) two-inning simulated game Sunday.

However, the skipped also noted that Salazar isn't game-ready yet. Whether he can become game-ready in time for the World Series -- should the Indians make it there -- remains to be seen. If the right-hander does make it back for the Fall Classic, it could be as a reliever. Salazar hasn't pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor musculature.
Oct 17 - 5:51 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday in Toronto.

While he wasn't able to make it back for the ALCS, the right-hander is still hopeful for a return should the Indians advance to the World Series. Depending on how he does against live hitters on Sunday, there' s a realistic chance that he could indeed make it back into the fold this season.
Oct 16 - 6:49 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Danny Salazar (forearm) is unlikely to make the ALCS roster.

When asked if Salazar had a shot at pitching in the best-of-seven Championship Series versus Toronto, Francona said, "I don't think so, I really don't." Salazar continues to rehab from a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He last appeared in a game in early September. While the 26-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen session on Monday, he still has work to do before he is ready for a return to live action. Salazar has not been ruled out as an option for the World Series should the Indians win the American League pennant.
Oct 12 - 4:30 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) threw another bullpen session Monday.

He's slated for a live batting practice session next and the hope remains that he'll be available as a relief option for the ALCS. Salazar hasn't pitched since early September due to a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. The Indians advanced to the ALCS by completing a sweep of the Red Sox on Monday.
Oct 10 - 10:18 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session at the team's spring training facility in Arizona on Friday.

All of the pitches that the right-hander threw in the session were fastballs. He came away from the session feeling good and the Indians remain hopeful that he could be available in the ALCS should they get past the Red Sox and advance to the next round.
Oct 8 - 2:32 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) is headed to the Indians' spring training facility to continue his rehab.

Salazar will not be on the Indians' roster for the best-of-five ALDS, but he's hoping to contribute in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series if Cleveland can advance past the Red Sox. The right-hander was diagnosed last month with a mild strain of the flexor musculature in his forearm after pitching like a fantasy ace for much of the summer.
Oct 4 - 6:15 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) could throw a simulated game on Monday according to manager Terry Francona.

It will all depend on how the right-hander feels the next couple of days after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Salazar still has his sights set on returning to the Tribe's rotation for the ALDS.
Sep 30 - 7:06 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) tossed 30-plus pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.

He only threw his fastball and changeup, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Salazar would be limited to those two pitches anyway if he's able to return as a reliever in the postseason. Salazar is attempting to rehab a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He has not been ruled out for the ALDS.
Sep 29 - 10:50 AM

Danny Salazar (forearm) threw 20-plus pitches off the mound on Monday.

Salazar threw all fastballs at about 75 percent intensity, but it was a step in the right direction. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said "it would be nice" to get him a relief appearance before the playoffs, though it's unclear whether he'll have enough time to do so.
Sep 26 - 5:13 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from 90-100 feet Friday.

He'll then progress to 120 feet. There's no word yet on when he might be ready for a bullpen session, but it can't be too far off. While Salazar does appear to be making some progress, he won't be ready prior to the postseason and even if he returns then it will surely be in a relief role.
Sep 23 - 4:57 PM

Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from a distance of 75 feet on Wednesday.

That comes after he threw from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday. Salazar is hoping to expand to 90 feet on Thursday and 105-120 feet this weekend before possibly returning to mound work sometime next week. The right-hander has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season due to a mild strain of his right flexor musculature, but he could be an option in relief for the ALDS.
Sep 21 - 4:01 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Guillermo Quiroz
5Erik Kratz
1B1Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Edwin Escobar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Kyle Crockett
7Edwin Escobar
8Joseph Colon
9Cody Anderson
10Adam Plutko
11Shawn Armstrong
12Austin Adams
13Perci Garner