Tribe Injuries: Updates on Zimmer, Salazar and Plutko

Zimmer is doing well, but Salazar suffered a setback

James Rapien
May 04, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians have dealt with plenty of injuries over the past few months. Veterans like Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, Mike Clevinher and Corey Kluber have all missed significant time.

The Indians aren't going to make excuses, but health has certainly played a role in their 17-13 start.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to question where we’re going to be at the end of the season,” Adam Cimber said on Friday. “It’s kind of a frustrating start to the season, but I think that we’re all confident we’re going to be where we want to be at the end of the year and just keep our eyes on that.”

The Indians responded to the Kluber injury news with a 2-1 win over Seattle on Friday night. 

“This can be our time to shine, or we can feel sorry for ourselves and lose. We want to make sure we scratch and claw and do everything we can so we can get number one,” manager Terry Francona said. 

Injury Updates – Bradley Zimmer is just one of the players the Indians hope can contribute at some point this season. The 26-year-old outfielder injured his oblique while recovering from shoulder surgery, which set him back about a month. He was throwing from the outfield when he felt pain in his side. 

Zimmer appears to be fully recovered from the oblique injury and the shoulder is feeling good. He's doing everything now, from taking batting practice to playing in the outfield. The next step is playing in games. Once he does that, it could just be a matter of time before he finds himself on the big-league club.

Kluber's injury brought up plenty of questions about Danny Salazar. Where is he in his recovery and could he help solve the Indians' issues in the rotation? 

Salazar was progressing well, but suffered a minor setback within the past week.

"He had a real good bullpen and then the next couple of days he didn't feel as good," Francona said. "He's down a couple days from throwing, then they'll ramp him back up."

Salazar hasn't pitched in the big leagues since Game 4 of the 2017 American League Divisional Series against the Yankees. His goal was to return prior to the All-Star break, which could still happen, but anyone banking on him saving the rotation should pump the breaks. 

Adam Plutko will likely be the fifth-starter once he's fully healthy. He's been sidelined with a forearm issue. Plutko will join Triple-A Columbus this weekend. 

Don't be shocked if the 27-year-old is pitching for the Indians as soon as he's ready to go. Cody Anderson and Jefry Rodriguez will fill-in for Clevinger and Kluber, but the Indians love Plutko and he could take Anderson's spot by the middle of the month.