CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Despite being placed on the paternity list on Monday, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar is still expected to make his next scheduled start.
The team made the move official prior to Monday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field, recalling reliever Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus to temporarily take Salazar’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Players are permitted to remain on the paternity list for three days.
“Armstrong is here to help our bullpen,” manager Terry Francona said. “And Danny will just fall right into his next start.”
Salazar, who has battled some forearm and elbow soreness in the second half of the season, allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings on Sunday afternoon in Texas, a game Cleveland lost to the Rangers, 2-1.
The outing for the righty, however, was the most encouraging effort he has provided some returning from the disabled list earlier this month. Prior to Sunday’s start, he had allowed nine runs over his first five innings following his activation from the DL.
Salazar struck out 10 in the loss, as the Indians dropped three-of-four to the Rangers and went 2-5 on their recent seven-game road trip to Oakland and Texas.
The Indians will need more outings like Sunday’s from Salazar down the stretch to maintain their lead in the American League Central Division.