CLEVELAND -- The Indians announced that right-hander Danny Salazar is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation prior to Tuesday's 10-6 loss to the Twins. Filling his spot on the 25-man roster is outfielder Brandon Guyer, whom the Tribe acquired from the Rays prior to Monday's non-waiver
CLEVELAND -- The Indians announced that right-hander Danny Salazar is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation prior to Tuesday's 10-6 loss to the Twins. Filling his spot on the 25-man roster is outfielder Brandon Guyer, whom the Tribe acquired from the Rays prior to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
A precautionary MRI exam on Tuesday morning showed no structural damage in Salazar's elbow. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Francona said that they will let Salazar rest, and he will not throw for 5-7 days.
"When you start looking in pitcher's elbows, as some people can probably attest, you find all kinds of stuff," Francona said. "That's just the normal wear and tear. I actually think it was really good news. That's happened a number of times where we've gotten guys looked at and they've come back structurally sound. It kind of makes you feel good."
Taking Salazar's place in the rotation will be right-hander Mike Clevinger. The rookie hurler was scheduled to start in Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday but instead will join the club and pitch against the Twins in Thursday's series finale. Clevinger is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in four games (three starts) this season for the Tribe.
Francona is "pretty confident" when Salazar's DL stint is up, he will be ready to rejoin the rotation.
"That's the way they make their living, with their arm," Francona said. "So what we can do now is give him a couple weeks of a lot of work, a lot of training room stuff, and hopefully he comes back in a couple weeks and he's the Danny we kind of relied on in the first half."
Salazar is coming off the shortest outing of his career after going just two-plus frames in Monday's series opener against Minnesota at Progressive Field. The American League All-Star surrendered three homers for the first time in his career in the Tribe's 12-5 loss to the Twins. In total, the righty gave up six runs on six hits.
Salazar hasn't looked the same over his last four starts, posting an 8.84 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and .338 opponents' batting average during that span. That has caused his ERA to rise from 2.36 to 3.38.
"It's bad for me and for the team," Salazar said after Monday's loss. "I think the sooner we [find out what it is], then the sooner we'll get through this. I know if I keep pitching like this, I'd be doing damage for the team."
Guyer will take his place on the active roster. Guyer has hit .241 with a .752 OPS in 63 games this season but is batting .344 with a 1.082 OPS against left-handers. Going forward, it appears his role will be more situational.
"I think it's a really good complementary player to our roster," Francona said. "I think we are getting much more closer to having guys that complement each other. So when we play a lineup, we have the platoon advantage when we want it. If they bring a pitcher from the bullpen, we can have an answer."
Guyer is just excited to contribute to the AL Central-leading Indians.
"I'm coming to a first-place team," Guyer said. "You can't ask for much more than that to play in October, to be in a playoff race, so I'm going to embrace that and do whatever I can to help this team win."
• Francona also gave an update on three relievers currently on the disabled list: Jeff Manship (right wrist) is playing catch at 90 feet,.Tommy Hunter (lower back) threw off the mound on Tuesday. Joe Colon (right shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.
Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.