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Storylines: Indians option struggling Salazar back to Columbus

Storylines: Indians option struggling Salazar back to Columbus
Danny Salazar (Photo: AP)
August 7, 2014
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  • This season for the Philadelphia Phillies has been one that they hope to forget. Ryan Howard has been a shell of himself, Jimmy Rollins hasn’t had a good season since his MVP year in 2007 and John Mayberry and Dominic Brown have regressed since showing their upside last year. Chase Utley has been the only positive for them this season. However, most of the speculation has been around their two heralded pitchers, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Hamels was clamed off of waivers from an unknown team earlier on Wednesday. Lee’s season is likely over along with his tenure in Philadelphia after his locker inside Citizen’s Bank Park had been cleaned out before the Phillies played the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. He appeared to suffer an elbow injury as he was throwing a cutter to Nationals center fielder, Denard Span in the bottom of the third inning last Thursday. He is just recently returning from an elbow strain that kept him out for two months. In 13 games this season Lee is 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72 strikeouts.

Tribe News

  • The Cleveland Indians have optioned Danny Salazar back to Triple-A for reliever C.C. Lee. This comes after Salazar struggled in Wednesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds and the bullpen was used after four innings.
  • Terry Francona has decided to demote Josh Tomlin to the bullpen. This comes after he gave up eight hits in only 4.1 innings in a 9-2 loss against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Possible options are long reliever Carlos Carrasco or possibly a pitcher from AAA.
  • Nick Swisher went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Wednesday night and played left field for the first time since 2009. Swisher hasn’t played since Sunday after having soreness in his right wrist.

Other News and Notes 

  • According to Angelo Cataldi of 94WIP sports radio show in Philadelphia, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the Philadelphia Phillies might not be able to field a contending team within the next two years.
  • T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com reports that more names of fairly major significance could come out for PED use as it pertains to the Biogenesis scandal.
  • According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Cubs have DFA’d outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz was only hitting .192 with 6 home runs and 33 RBI. He hit .251 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI last year. This opens up a roster space for lefty Kyuji Fujikawa who was on the 60-day DL.
  • Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the Chicago Cubs have claimed former Miami Marlins righty Jacob Turner off of waivers. In 20 games he was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd was claimed off of waivers from an unknown team. He also reported the same about pitcher Cole Hamels; however,Jonathan Papelbon cleared waivers.
  • Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have DFA’d infielder Chone Figgins. In 38 games he hit .217 with only 1 RBI. He only has 4 SB on the year.
  • According to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies have DFA’d outfielder Jason Pridie. This opens up a roster spot for righty Brooks Brown. Brown was recalled due to a lower back strain injury to Brett Anderson.
  • Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the San Diego Padres have hired A.J. Preller as their new GM. It took two and a half months for them to finally find one.
  • Closer Kevin Gregg of the Miami Marlins season has ended. He will undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Gregg was signed to a minor league deal back in June.
  • Daniel Popper of MLB.com reports that Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams angrily sounded off against reports that inferred that his recent comments regarding outfielder Bryce Harper’s struggles meant that he wanted to send him down to AAA.

User Comments

markn95
August 7, 2014 - 12:13 PM EDT
I can't believe I'm saying this, but give Carrasco another shot in the rotation. I know he's been doing much better in the bullpen, but you can tell by the way Tito uses him that eh doesn't trust him in high leverage situations--Carrasco is basically this year's version of Matt Albers. If Carrasco isn't going to be a 7th or 8th inning guy, then why not give him one last shot at the rotation? He's got the stuff, and maybe--just maybe--his relative success as a reliever will give his confidence a boost. The collapse of Tomlin and McAllister in the past month has really cost this team a shot (however small it was in the first place) at the playoffs. They really have nothing to lose at this point with Carols in the rotation.

And I agree with Homer. If this team has a weakness going into next season, it's the lack of up-and-coming starting pitching after Kluber and Bauer. I'd much rather flip a prospect or two for a high upside guy like Turner (and 2-3 other guys like him that will be under club control for the next half decade) than have to hand out 4 year/$50M contracts to bums like Ricky Nolasco in free agency.
Tony
August 7, 2014 - 12:03 PM EDT
I've been thinking the same thing.....it is close. By my calculations he had 102 days of service before his recall on 7/22 (55 before season and 47 days from 3/31 to 5/15). If he were in Cleveland from 7/22 through the end of the season, he finishes right around 171-175 days.....and with 172 days considered a year, it is close enough where this is a little side reason to ensure he falls under it. There was more to the move than this, but this is a reason for sure.
Matthew
August 7, 2014 - 11:50 AM EDT
I had been trying to do the math on Salazar's service time recently, and my best guess was that he would end the season with about 1 year and 3 days of service time if he stayed up for the rest of the season. I have a feeling this move has something to do with getting that knocked down below 1 year so he is controlled an extra year. There's a few off days in the next couple weeks, which allows the team to go with a 4 man rotation until August 23rd, and call Danny back up when they need a 5th starter.
Homer
August 7, 2014 - 8:02 AM EDT
I think Salazar was optioned out because the Tribe has several off days within a short period of time. Salazar can continue to work, while Kluber and Bauer get regular turns in the rotation.

I would have loved to see the Indians acq. Jacob Turner for at least pitching depth. He's only 23, has some nice power stuff. Could be a break out candidate - he's struggled this yr, but has the prospect pedigree as a former first rd pk.

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