In the latest attack on the Cleveland Indians from the Ministry of Shoulders, Danny Salazar has been scratched with what the team's official Twitter is calling shoulder fatigue. He will miss his next start, which would have been Wednesday in a matchup against Taijuan Walker and the Seattle Mariners, and will instead make his next start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Taking Salazar's place in the rotation will be Cody Anderson, who looked like the really great Cody Anderson we saw in his first handful of games last season and not the Cody Anderson we saw for most of the 2016 season. He threw seven solid innings against the Chicago White Sox on May 23, striking out nine and walking none on the way to his first victory of the season.
Danny Salazar's last outing was an eight-inning outing against the Kansas City Royals on June 3 in which he struck out nine but walked five batters. He threw 113 total pitches that game, 66 of which were four-seam fastballs, according to Brook's Baseball. That was the most four-seamers he has thrown in a single game since he hurled 71 against the Angels last August. His four-seam velocity was also high that game, averaging 96.59 -- his highest average in the regular season since he averaged 96.19 on September 27, 2015. Correlation does not necessarily equal causation and all that, but it's a thing to note: Salazar was throwing hard and he was throwing often on Friday.
With Salazar scratched and Anderson up, the next week's probable starters are all kinds of messed up now. Take a look at the new rotation, courtesy of the Indians Twitter:
Danny will start Sunday vs. LAA.— #VoteTribe (@Indians) June 7, 2016
Scheduled rotation for week:
Hopefully, this is not anything serious and it really just is shoulder fatigue. Because I have honestly have enough of shoulder injuries for one season already.