Indians injury notes: Salazar, Urshela on mend

April 7th, 2018

CLEVELAND -- The Indians currently have several players on the disabled list who are working through their respective rehab programs at the team's headquarters in Goodyear, Ariz. Prior to Saturday's game against the Royals, manager Terry Francona provided an update about their ongoing comebacks.


Salazar (10-day DL, right rotator cuff tendinitis) developed shoulder inflammation in January and embarked on a gradual throwing program throughout Spring Training. The pitcher continued to throw long-toss and has logged a handful of bullpen sessions in the past couple of weeks. Francona noted that Salazar is still not able to throw off a mound with full intensity. It could be a few weeks before the righty is cleared for game activity.

INF Gio Urshela

Urshela, who is on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain, continues to work through a baserunning program. Francona said the infielder -- a contender for the Major League utility job this spring -- is roughly a week away from possibly starting a Minor League rehab assignment. Cleveland prefers to keep Urshela in the warmer climate to do his running work right now.


Merritt is out of Minor League options and was vying for a spot on the pitching staff this spring, but a left knee sprain landed the left-hander on the 10-day DL to start the season. Merritt has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring game on Wednesday, per Francona.


Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in March 2017 and is currently on the 60-day disabled list. The big right-hander is back to throwing regularly off a mound, but he remains several weeks from potential game activity.