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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) is still throwing long toss and bullpen sessions as he works back from rotator cuff inflammation.
Salazar still isn't throwing off a mound with full intensity, suggesting that while he's progressing he's still not close to a return to game action. Even then, it'll require a few rehab outings to build up his stamina. It's hard to envision seeing Salazar back with the Indians before the end of the month, and even the end of May seems like a best-case scenario at present. Apr 7 - 6:50 PM

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Indians' manager Terry Francona said that Danny Salazar will stay behind at extended spring training in Arizona for another month as he works his arm into pitching shape.

Salazar is battling rotator cuff information. The initial estimate had him on the shelf through the month of April, but it looks like that may have been optimistic. It sounds like it'll be at least another six weeks or so before he'd be ready and available to contribute to the Indians at the big league level.
Mar 31 - 2:25 PM

Indians placed RHP Danny Salazar on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Salazar just resumed throwing off a mound a few days ago and appears likely to miss all of April. Still, given his upside, he's worth stashing in a DL spot in fantasy leagues where he's available.
Mar 29 - 12:26 PM

Danny Salazar (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Thursday for the first time this spring.

He's scheduled for 20 pitches. Salazar was diagnosed with right rotator cuff inflammation in late January and will open the 2018 regular season on the disabled list. Josh Tomlin has taken over his spot in the Indians' rotation and could hold it through all of April.
Mar 22 - 2:19 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Danny Salazar (shoulder) has been long-tossing up to 130 feet.

Francona also implied that Salazar is close to beginning mound work. The right-hander has been rehabbing a rotator cuff injury for the past two months and has already been ruled out for Opening Day. Josh Tomlin will absorb his spot in the starting rotation.
Mar 15 - 11:25 PM

Danny Salazar (shoulder) will throw with a weighted baseball Sunday.

Salazar has been on a long-toss program after being diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation and is now ready to enter the next phase of his rehab. He's already been ruled out for Opening Day and it's unclear whether the right-hander will be ready for games before the Cactus League schedule runs out.
Mar 11 - 12:35 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that Danny Salazar (shoulder) "is not going to be ready" for the beginning of the season.

Salazar reported to camp with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He's long-tossing from 90 feet and could begin throwing off a mound in a few days but simply doesn't have enough time to be built up to start at the beginning of the season. Salazar gets swings and misses with the best of them, but injuries and inconsistency have been major issues.
Mar 5 - 9:56 PM

Danny Salazar (shoulder) said Wednesday that he remains limited to playing catch at 75 feet.

So his status hasn't really changed over the last week, which is a bit concerning. Salazar came down with right shoulder cuff inflammation in mid-January and might not be built up enough by the start of the regular season. The clock is ticking.
Feb 28 - 1:40 PM

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

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

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