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Olson throws 1st 'pen session since hitting DL

Left-handed reliever out with left lat strain; Salazar exploring next steps in recovery
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OAKLAND -- Long after Tyler Olson completed his bullpen session at the Coliseum on Friday afternoon, the left-hander took the mound again. Olson went through his delivery multiple times without throwing a baseball, focusing on his mechanics.

After attempting to pitch through an injury to help Cleveland's beleaguered bullpen earlier this season, Olson is now trying to do everything in his power to get back as soon as possible.

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OAKLAND -- Long after Tyler Olson completed his bullpen session at the Coliseum on Friday afternoon, the left-hander took the mound again. Olson went through his delivery multiple times without throwing a baseball, focusing on his mechanics.

After attempting to pitch through an injury to help Cleveland's beleaguered bullpen earlier this season, Olson is now trying to do everything in his power to get back as soon as possible.

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"It was going on for a while, but that's no excuse for what was going on," said Olson, who is on the 10-day disabled list due to a left lat strain. "A lot of guys go through stuff and deal with stuff and get through it. I was trying to do it and it just kind of caught up with me. It's just kind of one of those things.

"I was trying to do everything I can to be out there and help my team. It's definitely something that I've learned from."

Friday's mound workout included 25 pitches -- both fastballs and breaking balls -- and Olson is slated to throw another bullpen session on Sunday. Following that step, he will sit down with manager Terry Francona, pitching coach Carl Willis and the training staff to determine if a simulated game or Minor League rehab assignment should be next.

Video: CLE@CWS: Olson whiffs Brantly, strands runner

Last year, Olson was a breakout reliever for the Indians, posting a 0.00 ERA over 20 innings that fell within 30 appearances. This season, he has a 7.27 ERA in 28 games with 23 strikeouts against eight walks in 17 1/3 innings. Most of the damage has come via righty batters (.353 average and 1.083 OPS in 39 plate appearances) for Olson, who has held lefties to a .216 average (.653 OPS).

Olson refuses to cite the lat injury as an excuse, but there is no denying it impacted his delivery and, in turn, his numbers. Indians manager Terry Francona said he had a long chat with Olson about the situation after it was learned that the lefty had tried to pitch through the problem.

"What you appreciate sometimes can also get you in trouble and there's a fine line," Francona said. "Sometimes, you go over the line. And I think he understands better now. I can't be mad at him. The kid's trying to pitch. That's something that we really [appreciate]. Part of the reason we like this kid is because he'll show up and take the ball. Well, then you take the ball a little too much."

Indians, Salazar exploring options
Pitcher Danny Salazar, who is on the 60-day disabled list due to a right shoulder injury, has spent the entirety of this season starting and stalling in a throwing program in Arizona. On Friday, Francona said the team will have news coming on Salazar in the near future.

"We're putting that together," Francona said. "It's a little premature, but we'll have some more information here in the next couple days."

Video: Outlook: Salazar has eye-popping strikeout skills

When pressed for details, Francona declined to offer any more specifics.

"I'd rather get our information in order first," he said. "But, we're exploring some things, if that helps."

Worth noting

• Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-day DL, right elbow contusion) is on target to throw around 65 pitches in a Minor League rehab appearance with Double-A Akron on Saturday. If everything goes according to plan, Carrrasco's following start would likely be for the Indians.

• When Carrasco is activated from the DL, Cleveland will need to determine whether right-hander Shane Bieber or righty Adam Plutko remains as the fifth starter. Said Francona: "I think we know what we want to do. We've been talking about it, so as we progress, it'll be more clear."

Francisco Mejia, the Tribe's No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, singled and doubled in a seven-run fourth inning for Triple-A Columbus on Friday. That gave the catching prospect seven multi-hit games in a row. Entering Friday, Mejia was batting .438 with a 1.159 OPS in June (22 games).

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.

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