Indians Up 2-0 Could Get Another Boost With Salazar’s Return?
Sidelined right-hand pitcher Danny Salazar could make a comeback this season and play for the World Series if the Cleveland Indians can add two more wins in their 2-0 lead against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Salazar had a practice scrimmage to test his injured pitching elbow last Sunday at Rogers Centre. The simulated game could mean that his injury which he acquired last September is slowly going into a restorative state, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.
Despite the 26-year-old pitcher's absence, his team mates Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and a certain number of closers have made the Blue Jays grasping for straws as the Indians are ahead two games to none.
Terry Francona, Indians' manager was in a positive mood for Salazar's return.
"He's not back yet where he's throwing all his pitches or letting it go 100 percent. I think if we ask him to do that, he might be reaching right now. We've been pretty vocal about [how] the first priority is getting him back healthy," Francona revealed to the website.
Francona however, did not mention if Salazar will be up for the starting line-up or will take on a closer role once he suits up again. Preceding the simulation game, Salazar was also involved in a pitching practice at the Indians' Goodyear, Arizona complex. He was visible when the Indians routed the Red Sox for the Division Series and gave his support during the first two games against the Blue Jays, according to Cape Cod Times.
It was last Sept. 9 after just only four innings that Salazar was pulled out of the game due to a strained forearm. Prior to this injury, he was also plagued by shoulder and elbow pains during the beginning of the season. Despite all of these misfortunes, Salazar managed to eke his way for the first time as a member of the American League All-Star team.
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