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Danny Salazar | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from a distance of 75 feet.
Salazar came down with right shoulder rotator cuff inlammation in mid-January, but Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's doing well with his rehab program. Still, he's falling behind the other pitchers in camp and could get a late start on the season. Salazar dealt with shoulder and elbow issues last season en route to posting a 4.28 ERA over 19 starts and four relief appearances. He's a high-risk, high-reward asset in fantasy leagues. Feb 20 - 2:20 PM

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Danny Salazar "experienced an onset of right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation in mid-January," per a press release from the Indians.

Salazar has resumed throwing and is "progressing well," according to the same media update, but the 28-year-old right-hander is also "a couple weeks behind" the other pitchers in Indians camp this spring. It's possible this could affect his readiness for the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Salazar battled elbow and shoulder problems in 2017 and finished with a disappointing 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, though he did strike out 145 batters in 103 innings.
Feb 15 - 1:53 PM's Anthony Castrovince reports that the Brewers have shown some interest in Danny Salazar this offseason.

It comes on the heels of Castrovince's colleague Jon Morosi noting that the Indians and Brewers could be partners for a potential trade, with Domingo Santana being a possible target for Cleveland. Whether it would be a straight up one-for-one deal or part of a larger trade isn't known, but the fit does seem to make sense from both sides. Salazar has often frustrated with inconsistency and injuries, but he just turned 28, misses a ton of bats and is under team control through 2020.
Jan 26 - 10:02 AM

Indians and RHP Danny Salazar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract.

Salazar was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. The right-hander posted a 4.28 ERA over 103 innings for the Indians last season.
Jan 12 - 5:48 PM

According to Bruce Levine of CBS Sports Chicago, the Cubs have spoken to the Indians about potentially acquiring Danny Salazar.

Levine says the Indians are looking for left-handed-hitting in return but adds there is "nothing close at this time." Kyle Schwarber fits the mold, though Cleveland would have to throw in something more to get that done. Salazar struggled with both elbow and shoulder issues in 2017 and finished the regular season with a disappointing 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 19 starts and four relief appearances. The 27-year-old right-hander did strike out 145 batters in just 103 innings and he is under contractual control through 2020.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 08:43:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 11:26:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 08:27:00 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.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 07:45:00 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.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 03:17:00 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.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 10:17:00 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.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 12:05:00 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.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 04:12:00 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.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 04:41:00 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.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 04:30:00 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.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:33:00 PM

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1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
3Rob Refsnyder
4Michael Martinez
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Willi Castro
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3B1Jose Ramirez
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LF1Michael Brantley
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CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Greg Allen
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RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Josh Tomlin
5Danny Salazar
6Mike Clevinger
7Ryan Merritt
8Cody Anderson
9Julian Merryweather
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Nick Goody
4Tyler Olson
5Dan Otero
6Zach McAllister
7Shawn Morimando
8Jeff Beliveau
9Alexi Ogando
10Evan Marshall
11Neil Ramirez
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