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Lat strain sends Logan to disabled list

Indians reliever expected to miss extended period with injury
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CLEVELAND -- Prior to Friday's game against the Blue Jays at Progressive Field, the Indians placed left-hander Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain.

Logan sustained the injury throwing a pitch in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park. Following his 3-2 offering to Brandon Belt -- which dipped low for ball four -- he dropped down to one knee and grimaced in pain before he was taken out of the game. After undergoing an MRI on Thursday, he is expected to miss an extended period of time with the lat strain.

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CLEVELAND -- Prior to Friday's game against the Blue Jays at Progressive Field, the Indians placed left-hander Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain.

Logan sustained the injury throwing a pitch in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park. Following his 3-2 offering to Brandon Belt -- which dipped low for ball four -- he dropped down to one knee and grimaced in pain before he was taken out of the game. After undergoing an MRI on Thursday, he is expected to miss an extended period of time with the lat strain.

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"He's going to also go get another opinion, which can't ever hurt," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But I think, at the minimum, he's going to miss significant time. There's not really anything other than that right now. He tore that muscle. He's going to be down for a while."

As a result of Logan's trip to the DL, the Indians purchased the contract of left-hander Tyler Olson from Triple-A Columbus to fill the vacant roster spot.

The decision to promote Olson not only gives the Indians another lefty in their bullpen along with Andrew Miller and Ryan Merritt, but it allows the team to keep an eight-man bullpen.

"[Olson]'s a guy that we were talking about for a long time, but there just wasn't a place for him," Francona said. "You never want it to happen like this, but we are excited to see him pitch."

Olson has spent the entire season with the Clippers, with whom he went 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and two saves in 33 relief appearances. In 40 2/3 innings with Columbus, he has struck out 52, walked 11 and has held left-handed hitters to an average of .132. Olson was claimed off waivers by the Indians last July. He has appeared in 12 Major League games in his career with the Mariners and the Yankees over the 2015 and '16 seasons.

"He's done really well, actually," Francona said. "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."

Logan -- who will be making his seventh career stint on the DL -- signed with the Indians in the offseason to a one-year, $6.5 million deal that includes a $7 million team option for 2018. Predominantly a lefty specialist out of the Tribe's 'pen, Logan has gone 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 38 appearances. Over his 21 innings, he has 28 strikeouts, nine walks and has held left-handed hitters to a .250 batting average.

Kluber on pace to pitch Sunday
Francona said ace Corey Kluber, who has been dealing with a neck issue, is on pace to start Sunday's series finale against Toronto. Kluber was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday, and based on how Kluber feels on the side, the team will decide between him and Josh Tomlin for Sunday's starter.

"He's doing OK. I think he's on pace to pitch Sunday," Francona said. "I think we just want to make sure after he throws his side that doesn't have a reoccurrence or things like that. Tomlin's ready in case. I think all things are pointing to Kluber pitching on Sunday."

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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