MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH
The rotation got a shot in the arm Thursday. Danny Salazar was sensational in his major league debut, holding Toronto to one run on two hits in six innings to get the win as the Indians beat the Blue Jays 4-2.
It was a spot start for Salazar, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus specifically to start this game. Following the game he packed his equipment bag and headed back to Columbus. But not before impressing a lot of people.
"That kid has special stuff. He has a very bright future," manager Terry Francona said.
In his six innings, Salazar struck out seven and walked one. The only reason he was removed from the game was that "he hasn't been stretched out to go longer than six (innings)," Francona said.
Six was enough for Indians officials to confirm what they had felt even before Salazar took the mound: He has the potential to be an impact starting pitcher. The Indians certainly could use one.
Salazar was starting in a spot in the rotation that is expected to be filled by Zach McAllister after the All-Star break. McAllister pitched well for the Indians in the first half of the season, but he has been on the disabled list since June 8 with a sprained right middle finger.
McAllister is expected to be activated off the disabled list and start July 23 at Seattle. However, the emergence of Salazar now gives the Indians some much-needed pitching depth should any of the five starters get hurt.
The two pitchers who made a combined 10 first-half starts before Salazar were Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco. They combined to go 1-6 with a 7.63 ERA. With Salazar's performance Thursday, he has clearly moved ahead of Bauer and Carrasco in the pecking order of starting pitchers at Columbus.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - NOTES, QUOTES
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--INF Mark Reynolds was 0-for-3 Thursday as his dismal month of July continues. Reynolds, who hit .187 in June, is hitting .069 (2-for-26) in July.
--RHP Danny Salazar, in winning his major league debut Thursday, pitched six innings and struck out seven. That's the most strikeouts by an Indians pitcher in his major league debut since Luis Tiant struck out 11 Yankees on July 19, 1964. It was a spot start for Salazar, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus specifically to start this game. Following the game he packed his equipment bag and headed back to Columbus.
--SS Asdrubal Cabrera homered off R.A. Dickey in the first inning Thursday. In his career vs. Dickey, Cabrera is 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI.
--RHP Corey Kluber will start Friday's game against Kansas City. In two starts vs. the Royals this year, Kluber is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA. In three career appearances vs. the Royals, Kluber is 1-0 with 6.48 ERA.
--RHP Chris Perez picked up his 11th save Thursday. Since being activated off the disabled list on June 27, Perez is 5-for-5 in save opportunities, with a 1.13 ERA.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "From his very first pitch he had great poise and he attacked the zone with above-average pitches across the board. That kid has special stuff. He has a very bright future." -- Manager Terry Francona, after RHP Danny Salazar won his major-league debut by holding Toronto to one run on two hits in six innings Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Zach McAllister (sprained right middle finger) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 3. He threw a bullpen session July 2, a 60-pitch bullpen session July 5 and a three-inning simulated game July 8. He will make his first rehab start July 13 for Double-A Akron. Manager Terry Francona said it's possible McAllister could rejoin the rotation after the All-Star break.
--C Lou Marson (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 7. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 29 and moved to Triple-A Columbus on May 30. His rehab stint was cut short when he experienced more soreness in his shoulder June 12.
--RHP Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He made rehab starts for Double-A Akron on May 17 and May 22. His scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on May 27 was scratched due to continued soreness in his elbow. Myers was shut down. He started a new rehab assignment with short-season Class A Mahoning Valley on June 24. He was shut down again July 1 and was to be evaluated after being shut down three to five days.
--RHP Blake Wood (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 11. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 4, moved to Class A Lake County on May 15, and then rejoined Akron on May 18. He started a new rehab assignment June 14 with Lake County, and he shuffled between minor league teams through July 4.
--RHP Josh Tomlin (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 15. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season as he continues his rehab.
--RHP Frank Herrmann (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 31, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list April 3. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Justin Masterson
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP Corey Kluber
RHP Chris Perez (closer)
RHP Vinnie Pestano
RHP Joe Smith
RHP Cody Allen
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Bryan Shaw
RHP Preston Guilmet
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Mark Reynolds
DH Jason Giambi
INF Mike Aviles
INF Lonnie Chisenhall
LF Michael Brantley
CF Michael Bourn
RF Drew Stubbs
OF Ryan Raburn