MLB News: Indians removing Danny Salazar’s pitch count limit

Very welcome news for Indians fans became public yesterday: Youngster Danny Salazar will no longer pitch with his restrictive pitch count limit for the remainder of 2013.

The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reported the story, saying that Salazar actually was without his usual 70-80 pitch limit on Wednesday. In the end, he was able to efficiently work six innings with only 82 pitches before being removed from the game.

“Before the game the coaches told me not to worry about the pitch count,” Salazar said in the article. “There were times, when I was on the pitch count, when I’d look the scoreboard to see how many pitches I had and I’d say, ‘I’ve got one more inning and I’m finished.'”

Now, that will no longer be an issue for the fire-throwing 23-year-old. In his nine starts with the Tribe, Salazar is 1-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched. He has 57 strikeouts against only 14 walks and a .648 OPS allowed. He took the loss in Wednesday’s 7-2 defeat in Kansas City.

The odd fact in Hoynes’ article, however, was this in his lead sentence: “He has only one start left in the regular season, but …”. Since Salazar pitched Wednesday, his next scheduled start would likely be Tuesday’s sixth-to-last regular season game. With another full rotation swing, that’d line him up for the season finale on Sunday, Sept. 28. But apparently not?

It’s certainly possible that was a typo from Hoynes, or perhaps the Indians are quietly planning on unleashing injured ace Justin Masterson by that point. Recently returned right-hander Josh Tomlin or current long reliever Carlos Carrasco also could contribute, if needed. But it seems like a curious statement to make when every game is so crucial down the stretch.

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  • Brett

    They could be leaving him for the one game Wild Card.

  • mgbode

    Ubaldo lines up for that game and he makes the most sense there. I think the team would like to give Masterson a chance in the last game of the season.

    The question will end up being what do we do if we HAVE to win that game?

  • Natedawg86

    Do you pitch some guys for a few innings each so you can have them sooner for the Div series? I think we will have it locked up with a game or two left, esp since we have the tiebreakers with Bal, KC and TX

  • Chucky Brown

    Ubaldo playing the role of harris, I like it

  • woofersus

    That brings up an interesting question of strategy. Because of the off day, Jiminez could theoretically go on Tuesday on 5 days rest and line up to pitch in the finale, thus giving him two more starts in the regular season. Then if it at some point before that day we’ve clinched you can swap Masterson for somebody and push Jiminez to the Wildcard game on 6 days rest. (or even give Tomlin a start if Masterson isn’t ready) If things go badly and we’re looking at 2-3 must-wins in a row we at least have Jiminez going on that last day, and you could swap Masterson for Kazmir late next week.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    And pray you don’t tie for a wildcard too!

  • TSR3000

    Ah yes….one of them “good problems.” Let’s get there first.

  • mgbode

    the tiebreakers only say who gets the home game to break the tie. or, if there is an odd #, who gets the bye before the final tiebreaker game. so, in that mode, the final game would still matter.

  • mgbode

    i’ve already said I don’t mind MORE baseball 🙂

    (as long as we win that game)

  • ToxicToast

    This is great news. I keep imagining our volatile bullpen trying to take on a bunch of 5+ inning appearances in hostile stadiums like Fenway in the playoffs. Not a good mental image.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Red Sox clinched a spot last night! 😉

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  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    So this is what trying to win now feels like…..refreshing!

  • Natedawg86

    OH my. Don’t know how I have been missing this… I guess part of me was thinking NFL rules.