DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says pitcher Danny Salazar will throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday.
Francona says he's ready to pitch, implying Salazar can throw his breaking ball, which he couldn't do in recent weeks without discomfort.
He wouldn't even rule out using Salazar in the World Series, maybe even as a starter.
"I think the good news is, if Danny pitches and he pitches healthy and he's throwing the ball over the plate we have a really good pitcher for however amount of innings he's built up for," Francona said. "Which could potentially help us."
This would be massive for the Indians.
Additionally, pitcher Trevor Bauer is on the way back from the attack of the drone. He threw Friday.
It doesn't sound like Bauer's injury will be a problem -- his pinky has stopped bleeding and the team's hand specialist doesn't seem very concerned. It sounds like we should be counting on Bauer for the World Series.
"The doctor is going to do a little more suture work on him just to tighten up that one area, but he thinks it's healing really good," Francona said. "There's just that one area down at the bottom where the skin isn't as healthy, so he's going to suture it back up so it won't bleed. That's really the only issue. He's confident this is not going to be an issue."
Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Tuesday in Cleveland. The Tribe will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Chicago Cubs.
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