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Danny Salazar | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/11/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / CLE
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Danny Salazar struck out nine batters and allowed just one base hit while firing 4 2/3 shutout innings against the Twins on Wednesday.
He came away one out short of qualifying for the win but it was a dominant outing nonetheless. When Salazar is on top of his game he is one of the best pitchers in the league. Unfortunately he is also wildly inconsistent as well as injury prone. A Max Kepler double in the second inning was the only knock he surrendered in the game. Salazar made a strong case to be included in the Indians' post-season starting rotation today. He has a 4.28 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 44 walks in 103 innings spread across 19 starts and four relief appearances this year. Sep 27 - 11:26 PM

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Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that he expects Danny Salazar to make another start before the regular season ends.

Salazar was shifted to the bullpen after struggling in his first start back from the DL, but Francona wants to keep him stretched out to keep his options open heading into the postseason.
Sep 22 - 8:27 PM

Danny Salazar allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings against the Angels in his spot start Thursday.

We're still baffled by the handling of Salazar, who was moved to the pen two weeks ago after struggling and getting just two outs in his first start back from the DL. If the Indians want him to start, let him start. If they want to look at him as a relief option in October, then keep him in the bullpen and give him his best chance of succeeding there. The way they're using him suggests he's not really in their October plans at all.
Sep 21 - 7:45 PM

Danny Salazar will start the Indians' road series finale against the Angels on Thursday.

Salazar has made two relief appearances over the last 10 days, after struggling in his first start off the disabled list back on September 5. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a disappointing 4.52 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 95 2/3 innings this season and will probably work out of the bullpen for Cleveland during the playoffs.
Sep 20 - 3:17 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Danny Salazar will pitch out of the bullpen beginning Sunday.

Salazar lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up four runs in his return from the disabled list Tuesday against the White Sox, so the Indians are trying to get him back on track. The club considered having him throw a simulated game, but now the plan is for him to get a two- or three-inning stint in relief at some point. How he finishes the regular season will determine his role for the postseason. As of now, the Indians will move forward with Mike Clevinger and Josh Tomlin following ace Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and the resurgent Trevor Bauer in the rotation.
Sep 7 - 10:17 PM

Danny Salazar failed to make it through the first inning in his first start back from the disabled list Tuesday, allowing four runs in two-thirds of a frame in the Indians' 9-4 win over the White Sox.

Salazar didn’t make a rehab start and threw just 23 pitches in a simulated game, so tonight’s outing was expected to be short. However, this isn’t what he or the Indians had in mind. He threw just 26 pitches, and only 11 of them went for strikes. The good news is the right-hander’s velocity was there, the bad news is he displayed zero command or control. That should improve as he knocks the rust off, provided he’s healthy. Salazar will face the Tigers early next week.
Sep 6 - 12:05 AM

Indians activated RHP Danny Salazar from the 10-day disabled list.

Salazar will return to the Indians' starting rotation on Tuesday night against the White Sox after missing two weeks with right elbow inflammation. It's expected to be an abbreviated outing, given that he wasn't able to make a rehab start and only threw 23 pitches in his simulated game this weekend.
Sep 5 - 4:12 PM

Danny Salazar (elbow) will come off the disabled list to face the White Sox on Tuesday.

Salazar felt good after a 23-pitch simulated game on Saturday and is expected to have the abbreviated outing Tuesday. If this were June, he'd almost certainly be making that start in the minors. Being September, though, the Indians can afford to have him throw 40-50 pitches and then start turning to relievers.
Sep 2 - 4:41 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Danny Salazar (elbow) is nearing either a bullpen session or simulated game.

Salazar landed on the disabled list earlier this week with an elbow issue, but an MRI showed no structural damage and it's looking like it will be a short absence for the righty. He posted a 2.68 ERA over his last six starts before going on the DL.
Aug 26 - 4:30 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday night on Danny Salazar's right elbow showed no structural damage.

Salazar was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon and still figures to miss a couple of weeks to let the inflammation in his elbow subside, but he should be an option again for the Indians sometime in September. Salazar had been on a roll before getting torched for six earned runs on 12 hits Sunday in a loss to the Royals.
Aug 22 - 11:33 PM

Danny Salazar felt stiffness in his right elbow while throwing a side session Tuesday.

That explains why the Indians placed him on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon. Salazar is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday night and may be in danger of missing the remainder of the 2017 regular season. He had been pitching well since returning to the Indians' rotation in late July, but the 27-year-old right-hander got lit up for six earned runs on 12 hits Sunday in a loss to the Royals.
Aug 22 - 5:19 PM

Indians placed RHP Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 21, with right elbow inflammation.

This comes after Salazar was knocked around for six runs on 12 hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Royals on Sunday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return, but it's obviously a troubling development with just a little over one month remaining in the regular season.
Aug 22 - 3:29 PM

Danny Salazar was knocked around for six earned runs on 12 hits Sunday in a loss to the Royals.

Salazar had been on a roll since returning to the Indians' starting rotation in late July, but he hit a wall Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. The 27-year-old right-hander is now 5-6 on the season with a 4.30 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 128/38 K/BB ratio in 92 innings. He'll try to get back on track next time out in a rematch with the Royals.
Aug 20 - 5:31 PM

Danny Salazar fanned 10 while allowing one run over seven innings Tuesday in a win over the Twins.

The Indians are going to be awfully tough in October if Salazar keeps throwing like this; he's allowed five runs and amassed a 46/9 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list.
Aug 15 - 11:39 PM

Danny Salazar limited the Rays to one run over 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight, in Thursday's no-decision.

It wasn't flawless, with Salazar allowing seven hits and walking four, but he danced out of trouble for most of the night. His counterpart, Blake Snell, was equally as stout, leaving Salazar's record at 4-5 on the year. Even without the win, the 27-year-old has now turned in four good outings since coming off the disabled list in late July. His shoulder soreness seemingly in the past, at least for now, Salazar will continue working on his 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 113/37 K/BB ratio Tuesday when the Indians meet up with the Twins.
Aug 11 - 12:34 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Yandy Diaz
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Austin Jackson
3Abraham Almonte
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Jason Kipnis
3Greg Allen
RF1Jay Bruce
2Lonnie Chisenhall
3Brandon Guyer
4Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Josh Tomlin
5Mike Clevinger
6Danny Salazar
7Cody Anderson
8Ryan Merritt
9Dylan Baker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Joe Smith
4Bryan Shaw
5Zach McAllister
6Dan Otero
7Boone Logan
8Nick Goody
9Tyler Olson
10Craig Breslow
11Kyle Crockett
12Shawn Morimando
13Shawn Armstrong