Danny Salazar is still working his way back from injury. Salazar allowed one run in three innings with the Akron RubberDucks.
It is still a work in progress for Danny Salazar. Salazar has not pitched with the Indians since 2017. A series of setbacks and inability to return from injury has seen Salazar sidelined for over a year. However things appear to be trending in the right direction.
On Tuesday Danny Salazar pitched three innings with the Akron RubberDucks. During his three innings of work Salazar allowed one run on three hits while striking out four. Unfortunately there were two parts of his overall stat line that were not so great. Salazar walked two batters and the run he allowed came on a home run. 38 of Salazar’s 58 pitchers went for strikes.
In Salazar’s first start with Akron he lasted 2.2 innings and also gave up one run. Salazar allowed two hits, walked one and struck out two in the contest.
It appears that Danny Salazar is slowly working his way back up to pitching more and more innings. A return to Cleveland does not appear imminent at this time. Salazar is scheduled to make more starts in the minors until Cleveland feels he is ready to return to the big league club.
If Salazar is able to return(or on track to return) that certainly makes things interesting for the Indians. Trevor Bauer may be traded before the trade deadline. If Salazar is pitching well and is not having any issues with his shoulder that may make things a bit easier when it comes to making that decision.
In the end the Indians need to make sure they do not rush Danny Salazar back. Salazar’s shoulder needs to be healthy and not have any issues when pitching. If not it will only be a longer road for him to return, if he returns.