The Cleveland Indians showed everyone that they're a serious threat in the American League, and much of it was due to the performance of their pitching staff.
So naturally, the main goal for them right now is having everyone come out of Spring Training fully healthy.
That just won't be the case for one of their starters, as Danny Salazar is set to start the season on the DL.
Salazar (shoulder) to start season on DL https://t.co/pODL19Rqhs— Rotoworld Baseball (@Rotoworld_BB) March 6, 2018
Salazar reported to camp with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He's been slowly progressing, but with the season only a few weeks away, he won't be part of that opening day roster for the Indians.
Danny Salazar said he remains limited to playing catch up to 75 feet. Hopes to advance farther soon. Just did back-to-back days of throwing for first time this spring. Still felt discomfort early in camp, but said he feels like he's starting to turn a corner.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 28, 2018
Last season, Salazar struggled to find consistent success, finishing with a mediocre 5-6 record and a 4.28 ERA. He did have 145 strikeouts, so the team is hoping he can hold a better command of his pitches and get back on track this year.
The Tribe has high expectations now, and for them to succeed, they'll need all their weapons on the field.