NEW YORK -- Cody Allen quietly established a new Indians strikeout record last week. When the closer struck out Kansas City's Cheslor Cuthbert to end Friday's victory for the Tribe, Allen became the franchise's all-time strikeout leader for a reliever.With that punchout, Allen surpassed Eric Plunk's mark of 460 strikeouts
NEW YORK -- Cody Allen quietly established a new Indians strikeout record last week. When the closer struck out Kansas City's Cheslor Cuthbert to end Friday's victory for the Tribe, Allen became the franchise's all-time strikeout leader for a reliever.
With that punchout, Allen surpassed Eric Plunk's mark of 460 strikeouts by a Cleveland reliever, a mark set across the 1992-98 seasons. The Indians' current closer learned about his achievement on Sunday and was gifted with the strikeout ball to commemorate the accomplishment.
"I had no clue," said Allen, who entered Monday's game against the Yankees with 462 career strikeouts with the Indians. "When I found out, that was a pretty cool honor."
The strikeouts have piled up not only as a result of Allen's skill on the mound, but his durability. With a month to play, the right-hander headed into Monday's game with 53 appearances, following a streak of four consecutive years with at least 67 games logged for the Indians. One of his setup men, righty Bryan Shaw, appeared in at least 70 games in each of the past four years and is on pace for a fifth in a row.
"When we came in five years ago," Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said, "I don't think you expect to keep the main bullpen core for all five years like that. That rarely, rarely happens. You'll have one main closer that might stick around for a long time in certain organizations at certain times. But, to have two guys that have stuck around and been so impactful to a bullpen for such a long time is very, very rare."
Indians manager Terry Francona marvels at the consistency and endurance Allen and Shaw have offered for so many seasons.
"It's such a volatile area," Francona said. "But, not with those two. It's unbelievable. I love it."
"Everyone's safe as of now. We lived in Houston for six years, so we're very familiar with what's going on there. The outskirts of Beaumont are starting to get hit pretty hard. It's a sad situation, it really is. The thing that I hope that everyone realizes is there are strength in numbers and the more help, the better. Anything you can do to help anyone in that area could really be a difference-maker. I feel a little helpless being here, not being able to do my part. I hope everybody knows that my thoughts, my family's thoughts are with everybody back home." -- outfielder Jay Bruce, on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas
• Right-hander Danny Salazar (10-day disabled list, right elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw off the mound in a bullpen session on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, Salazar would then throw a simulated game on Friday, according to Callaway.
"We want him to feel that he can go out there and let the ball go with good intent," Callaway said. "He's good when he does that, and maybe not so good when he doesn't. So, I think this process is going to help him feel like he's totally ready to go, get some of that inflammation and stiffness out of there."
• Outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall (10-day DL, right calf) and Abraham Almonte (10-day DL, left hamstring) are currently on a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Francona said the goal is to be able to activate both players when rosters expand on Friday.
• Second baseman Jason Kipnis (10-day DL, right hamstring) has resumed light running. Left fielder Michael Brantley (10-day DL, right ankle) has not yet been cleared to begin the running portion of his rehab.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.