The Indians are thrilled by the way Danny Salazar has progressed in his rehab in minor leagues. However, it remains to be seen when the right-hander will be reintroduced to the Cleveland rotation.
The Tribe continues to take things one step at a time with Salazar, who will make his next opening Sunday by Triple-A Columbus. In his last exit, the quisqueyano pleased the Indians with his mechanics and the speed of his straight.
“The move to the plate looked better, more consistent with what we want it to do,” said Cleveland coach Mickey Callaway about Salazar. “And then the pitches and the speed were very good, I think it reached 98 [miles per hour], there was no shortage of strikes, the percentage of strikes increased a lot and it was appropriate.
“The pitch instead resembled what we have seen when it has dominated, as far as break and speed and those things are concerned. It was a very good step for him.”
In five Class A Mahoning Valley innings on Tuesday, Salazar struck out seven batters, conceded two bases per ball and although he allowed a pair of hits, he did not give up any run. But their results have been mixed. In three minor league starts since injuring his right shoulder in early June, the Spaniard has allowed six runs and eight hits, including four home runs, with 14 strikeouts and six innings in 10 innings.