Cleveland announced this afternoon that starting pitcher Zach Plesac has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. Manager Terry Francona told MLB.com’s Cleveland beat reporter Mandy Bell that Plesac suffered the injury while “rather aggressively ripping off his shirt” and catching it on a chair at his locker.
Feel free to take some time to process what you’ve just read.
Plesac’s bizarre run-in with a chair at his locker has left Cleveland’s starting rotation in dire straits. They haven’t even announced a starter for Wednesday yet after optioning Triston McKenzie to Triple-A Columbus three days ago. McKenzie was demoted after seeing his ERA rise to 6.89 and walking 8.62 batters per nine innings. Logan Allen was also sent down to Columbus last month after struggling with the big league club to start the season. He has continued to struggle, giving up 19 earned runs over 11.1 innings in his first three starts with the Clippers.
If you have a suggestion for how Cleveland should fill their two vacant spots in the rotation, I’m sure they’d be willing to listen. They may have to get creative at this point.