CLEVELAND — Left-hander Boone Logan was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a left lat strain/tear that could be a season-ending injury for the offseason acquisition, who signed a one year, $6.5 million deal.
Manager Terry Francona said Logan would seek a second opinion, but the pitcher figures to be sidelined for an extended stint after sustaining the back-muscle injury during the series finale in San Francisco on Wednesday.
“I think, at the minimum, he’s going to miss significant time,” Francona said of Logan, who has appeared in 38 games, posting a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings. “There’s not really anything other than that right now. He tore that muscle. He’s going to be down for a while.”
The Indians promoted Tyler Olson from Triple-A Columbus to fill Logan’s spot as the second lefty in the bullpen. Olson, 27, was claimed off waivers from Kansas City last year. He has a 3.32 ERA in 33 games for the Clippers — with 50 strikeouts over 402⁄3 innings.
“I don’t know if we’ll use him exactly the same,” Francona said. “We’ll see how he pitches and how the games go. We got a lefty for a lefty, but we’ll see. He had one period there where he was on the DL for 10 days, but he’s gotten a lot of lefties out.
“He kind of has a little bit of a funky arm action. It has some deception. He’s got a lot of movement on his fastball. As long as he can keep that fastball in the strike zone, I mean he has a lot of movement. He’s a guy that we were talking about for a long time, but there just wasn’t a place for him. You never want it to happen like this, but we are excited to see him pitch.”
Back in business
Francona said Corey Kluber was on track to pitch Sunday after a stiff neck prevented the right-hander from making his previously scheduled start Friday.
Kluber missed more than a month with a lower-back strain, but has been dominant since his return, posting a 1.56 ERA over nine starts, while allowing more than two runs in just two of the outings.
Right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder soreness) will be activated from the injured list tonight to make his first start for the Indians since June 3.
“(It’s) been a while,” Francona said. “And by all accounts, he’s done a really good job on his work in his rehab. If we get him back and get him back like he can pitch, that’s when it can get exciting.”
An All-Star last year, Salazar has struggled with injury and performance issues since the second half of 2016. He’s 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA over 12 games (10 starts) for Cleveland this season.
In his last rehab outing Sunday for Columbus, Salazar tossed six scoreless innings, striking out nine and walking three.
The Indians have reportedly shown interest in Mets outfielder Jay Bruce and, most recently, infielder and former Cleveland player Asdrubal Cabrera (2007-14), as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.
There has also been speculation the Indians are searching for options to help their struggling rotation, with Oakland’s Sonny Gray, Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole and Texas’ Yu Darvish mentioned as potential targets.
Francona thinks his club needs to focus on playing better — not on possible additions.
“I just think we’re inconsistent right now, we’ve been inconsistent,” he said. “You don’t push a button and have that stop. So in the meantime, we gotta really grind and try to win some of these games 2-1, as opposed to losing 2-1. Because all the things that we’re talking about are cyclical — the hitting with men on base, the pitching, but we’ve gotta find a way to win some of these games that we’ve been losing.”
Michael Brantley has returned to All-Star form in nearly every department except power. He entered Friday with only five home runs in 72 games and had not gone deep since April.
“I don’t know if I ever get too fixated on it,” Francona said. “He’s battled back so much to be an every-day player. I guess I care more about him being healthy enough to be in the lineup. There are some players that you just come to trust so much, and he’s one of them. Whether he’s hitting the ball out of the ballpark or not, his presence in the lineup helps you win games.”
Edwin Encarancion is slumping again, batting .138 (4-for-29) with a homer and three RBIs over his last nine games through Thursday. He entered Friday with only two homers since June 20.
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