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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
Contract: view contract details

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Danny Salazar was out of sorts on Wednesday, allowing seven runs, eight hits and one walk over five innings in the Indians’ Cactus League loss to the Rockies.
He finished the afternoon with five strikeouts. The second inning was Salazar’s undoing. He began the frame with back-to-back strikeouts before allowing the next five men to reach. All of them scored including two on a home run by Charlie Blackmon. Salazar ran into a buzz-saw on Wednesday but has otherwise had a solid spring. Along with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, Salazar will be a key cog in one of the league’s best rotations. Mar 22 - 8:17 PM

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Danny Salazar dazzled in Friday's Cactus League start against the Rangers, racking up nine strikeouts over five innings of two-run ball.

The right-hander allowed four hits and walked a pair on the evening. All of the damage against him came in the third inning on RBI doubles from Nomar Mazara and Mike Napoli. Salazar has been piling up the punchouts this spring, fanning six over four innings his previous time out. He looks to be fully healthy and could be poised for a breakout season as long as he's able to stay on the mound.
Mar 17 - 10:38 PM

Danny Salazar brought the strikeout out of his bag of tricks during Saturday's Cactus League game against the Royals, fanning six over four scoreless innings.

While Salazar walked four in his last Cactus League outing, those control issues were nowhere to be found next time out. He issued just one free pass during Saturday's start. He entered having walked eight in 6 1/3 spring frames. The talented right-hander is an injury risk, but struck out 161 batters over the course of 137 1/3 innings last season and has legitimate upside if he can stay healthy.
Mar 11 - 6:57 PM

Danny Salazar struggled with his control in Monday’s Cactus League start against the Giants, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks over 2 1/3 innings.

Both runs scored in the second inning. The good news is that Salazar is said to be healthy, but he has now issued eight walks in 6 1/3 innings so far this spring. He’ll look to improve in his next outing.
Mar 6 - 5:53 PM

Danny Salazar walked three batters and gave up one run in his two-inning start versus the Dodgers on Thursday.

He surrendered one hit and fanned two batters. He is returning to action this spring after his 2016 season was cut short by a forearm strain in September. He registered a 3.87 ERA with 161 strikeouts in 137 1/3 innings last year. He was wild today but the simple fact he was on the mound was an encouraging sight for Indians fans.
Mar 2 - 7:21 PM

Danny Salazar struck out three batters over two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring Sunday versus the Cubs.

Salazar walked the first batter he faced, Jason Heyward, and then gave up a single to Eloy Jimenez to lead off the second, but the 27-year-old right-hander was otherwise sharp in his Cactus League debut. He'll be trying to reach 200 innings for the first time in his professional career this season with the defending American League champions.
Feb 26 - 4:05 PM

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.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 10:11:00 AM

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.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 04:37:00 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.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 06:26:00 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.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 02:41:00 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.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 05:51:00 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.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 06:49:00 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.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 04:30:00 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.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 10:18:00 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.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 02:32:00 PM

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SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
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LF1Michael Brantley
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S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
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5Trevor Bauer
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