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Danny Salazar | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/11/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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After cruising through four innings, Danny Salazar was lit up in the fifth by the Tigers on Thursday and ended up allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings in all.
The typically inefficient Salazar needed just 47 pitches to get through four, but he walked two straight to start the fifth, gave up a three-run homer to Ian Kinsler and then allowed three more hits (with an intentional walk mixed in) before being pulled. He ended up throwing 35 pitches in that frame alone. Salazar is a big-time talent and he's going to post some strong results this year, but he's been awfully frustrating thus far. Apr 17 - 5:01 PM

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Danny Salazar struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings on Thursday, but he gave up five runs and six hits to take a loss.

Incredibly, not one of the 18 batters Salazar faced delivered a ball in play for an out. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out the other 10 guys he faced. He's the first starter ever to strike out at least 10 while pitching fewer than four innings. Still, it's not exactly new territory for him; last year, he had starts of nine strikeouts in 3 2/3 scoreless innings and eight strikeouts in four innings. Salazar has a 6.75 ERA after two starts this year, but better days are ahead.
Apr 11 - 12:04 AM

Danny Salazar pitched decently in his season debut against the Twins on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.

The 24-year-old right-hander walked three and struck out four on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the first inning, where Josh Willingham had a sacrifice fly, and Chris Colabello launched a solo homer. Had he recorded one more out, the Indians went on to score three runs in the sixth and would've put him in line for a victory. He'll hope for better results when he takes on the Padres at home on Wednesday.
Apr 4 - 8:50 PM

Danny Salazar was knocked around by the Padres in his final spring start, allowing six runs -- five earned -- over five innings Saturday.

Salazar gave up seven hits, including a home run, and walked two batters on the afternoon. The right-hander threw just 10 1/3 Cactus League innings, but he should be ready to make his first regular season start next week. After bursting onto the scene last year, Salazar is a player to watch in 2014.
Mar 29 - 7:01 PM

Danny Salazar pitched well in Wednesday's start against the Athletics, shutting them out over 3 2/3 innings.

It was Salazar's second outing in the Cactus League, as the Indians are carefully managing his workload. The right-hander allowed three hits and walked two while striking out three. In his first taste of the big leagues last season, Salazar posted a 3.12 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 52 innings.
Mar 19 - 5:34 PM

Danny Salazar is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut against the Angels on Monday.

The 24-year-old right-hander will start and work two innings in the game. He's been brought along slowly this spring in an effort to monitor his workload and conserve his strength for the regular season. Salazar logged a total of 145 innings in 2013 between the Tribe and the minor leagues.
Mar 8 - 10:49 AM

Danny Salazar will throw one inning in an intrasquad game Friday.

Nothing is physically wrong with the righty, but Indians manager Terry Francona said that the club has "slow-played" Salazar this spring in hopes that he will start the season with a "full tank." The Tribe has two days off in the first 14 days of the season, so they seem likely to hold Salazar back for when they first need a fifth starter. For what it's worth, Francona says a decision on that hasn't been made yet. "We have every different scenario thought out, but on March 5, it doesn’t make sense (to go into it)," Francona explained Wednesday. "It just doesn’t make sense."
Mar 7 - 11:04 AM

Danny Salazar lasted just four innings in Wednesday's AL Wild Card game, allowing three runs in the Indians' loss.

Salazar came out hot, holding the Rays hitless and rendering them generally useless through the first two innings with a fastball touching 100 mph. He finished with four strikeouts on the night. But Delmon Young caught up to one of Salazar's upper-90s heaters in the third for a solo home run to open the scoring. The Rays were able to put two more runners on in the fourth and Desmond Jennings pulled a double down the left field line to plate them both. Loss notwithstanding, Salazar showed flashes on Wednesday of just how bright his future can be.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 11:54:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona announced Sunday that Danny Salazar will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the winner of Monday's Rays vs. Rangers tiebreaker.

Salazar has been brilliant since joining the rotation in July, boasting a 3.12 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 52 innings. But the 23-year-old has pitched more than six innings in just one of his 10 starts this season, so Francona will likely have to rely on his bullpen as well on Wednesday to advance.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 10:33:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Danny Salazar would start a potential tiebreaker game on Monday.

Francona did not, however, say that Salazar would start the Wild Card game Wednesday if Monday's tiebreaker isn't needed. The talented young right-hander has posted a 3.12 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 52 innings this season.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 01:50:00 PM

Danny Salazar struck out eight while allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Salazar finished strong, ending with 65 strikeouts in 52 innings of work this year. He allowed six hits and a walk on Wednesday, holding the White Sox to two runs. Salazar finishes the season at 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:14:00 PM

Danny Salazar's start on Tuesday against the White Sox will be his final one of the regular season.

He would be on turn again for the season finale on September 29, but the Indians have decided to give him just one more turn. His role for a potential postseason berth is up in the air. "I think our organization has done a really good job with Danny this year while he was in the minor leagues," said manager Terry Francona. "They kept an eye on pitch count, innings, amount of stressful innings." Salazar boasts a 3.09 ERA with 57 strikeouts over his first 46 2/3 major league innings.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Danny Salazar allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

Salazar made only a few mistakes, but the Royals capitalized to hand the 23-year-old his third loss. He allowed six hits and a walk in total. More disappointing was the fact that he struck out just three. He's still a strong option in his next start against the White Sox next week.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 11:25:00 PM

Danny Salazar fanned nine in 3 2/3 innings as the Indians beat the White Sox 3-1 on Friday.

If not for Bryan Shaw's error leading to an unearned run in the fifth, it could have been an eight-pitcher shutout for the Indians. Salazar again got the very quick hook as the Indians try to manage his innings; he's struck out 17 in his last two starts, despite throwing just 7 2/3 innings. With the way he works, 80 pitches (his current limit) just doesn't go far.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Danny Salazar struck out eight, but was yanked after four innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Mets.

Salazar coughed up only one run on four hits and two walks, but skipper Terry Francona decided to summon the 'pen in the fifth because Salazar required 80 pitches to secure 12 outs. Salazar has displayed a live arm and an ability to miss bats in accruing a 2.92 ERA over seven MLB starts, but he hasn't exceeded 80 pitches in his last five starts and is unlikely to do so again this season. We expect the youngster to grow into a valuable mixed league starter next season.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yan Gomes
1B1Nick Swisher
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Elliot Johnson
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Carlos Santana
2Lonnie Chisenhall
3Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Michael Bourn
2Nyjer Morgan
RF1David Murphy
DH1Ryan Raburn
2Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Masterson
2Corey Kluber
3Danny Salazar
4Zach McAllister
5Carlos Carrasco
Relief Pitcher
R1John Axford
2Cody Allen
3Bryan Shaw
4Marc Rzepczynski
5Josh Outman
6Blake Wood
7Scott Atchison
8C.C. Lee