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Danny Salazar moving to relief according to Indians manager Terry Francona

The Indians bullpen is officially ludicrous.

Kansas City Royals v Cleveland Indians Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona announced today that Danny Salazar is moving to relief duties. This comes on the heels of a five-walk, six-hit outing in five and one-third innings in a loss against the Royals Saturday.

It’s not as if this past outing is the only reason; discussion of moving Salazar to the ‘pen sizzled through social media and fan chatter since the beginning of the season. Despite his all-star start to last year, Salazar’s line to begin this season is anything but that caliber. He owns a 5.50 ERA, with a FIP of 4.67 and nearly five walks per nine. His home run per nine rate is up to 1.89. Perhaps most concerning is that Salazar has thrown only 51 innings in nine starts. The Indians deploy one of the best bullpens in baseball, but continues to rely on it starting in the middle of games. Salazar now adds depth to this squad.

As for the starting rotation, Corey Kluber is slated to return on Thursday, returning to ace duty. Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin, and Mike Clevinger are likely to round out the starting force behind him.