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31 Danny Salazar SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 | Birthdate: 1/11/1990 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Cleveland | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 96/77 | Average Draft Position: 193.29
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Indians' Danny Salazar strikes out eight in win vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar earned a win on Thursday, giving up just five hits and three walks in six scoreless innings while striking out eight in his team's 5-2 victory over the White Sox.

Salazar (5-1) managed to avoid serving up a home run for the first time this season in Thursday's win, as the White Sox managed just one extra-base hit (a double) during his six innings of work. He's now managed to strike out an average of one batter per inning or better in six of his seven starts.

"He had such a good fastball that when he needed it, he went to it, and he didn't nurse it in there," manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. "He attacked when he needed to and he ended up giving us six.

Salazar owns a 3.50 ERA and 60:9 K:BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rangers at home on Tuesday.


Indians SP Danny Salazar takes no-decision in 4 2/3 shaky innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Indians starter Danny Salazar gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Saturday to take a no-decision against the Rangers. 

Salazar was victimized by two home runs in the outing -- a second-inning solo shot by Tommy Field and a third-inning solo blast from Shin-Soo Choo. 

Salazar was coming off a great performance in his last start, giving up one run in seven innings for a win against the Twins. 

Salazar will return to the mound for his next start Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox.


Danny Salazar wins fourth in dominant fashion for Indians


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Indians starter Danny Salazar improved to 4-1 on Sunday, with a win over Minnesota. 

Salazar allowed one hit, a solo home run to lead off the game, over seven innings. He struck out 11--half the batters he faced--and didn't walk a batter as he retired 21 straight. Salazar threw 71 strikes in 102 pitches. 

"He kind of cruised," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We just couldn't generate anything."

Salazar's next start is scheduled for Saturday, at Texas. 


Indians pitcher Danny Salazar strikes out nine in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Cleveland's 5-3 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Salazar struggled in the first inning when he allowed a single to Alex Gordon and hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch. Eric Hosmer then cleared the bases with a three-run shot over the left center field wall. Salazar was able to calm down until the fifth inning when he allowed a lead off triple to Jarrod Dyson, who later scored on an Alex Gordon single.

Salazar, who moves to 3-1, pushed his ERA to 3.81 in 26 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Twins.


Indians SP Danny Salazar getting comfortable throwing curveball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar has been pretty effective since joining the major-league rotation this season and is finally starting to show the potential folks have been talking about for years. 

Salazar, who is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 19 innings, still has an electric fastball and his split-change is becoming a pitch he relies on more often. However, the one pitch that seems to be making a huge difference for the right-hander is his curveball, which is fairly new to his repertoire.

"I'm trying to feel comfortable with it," Salazar said of the curveball, per MLB.com. "Sometimes it's going to be there, sometimes it's not going to be there. It's a new pitch that I'm trying out right now and if I feel like it's working, I'm going to use it."

Salazar has mostly relied on his fastball during his career. However, he is working on making his secondary pitches more reliable. In Wednesday's start against the Royals, he used his fastball less than half the time.

"In the first inning, we started throwing them a bunch of fastballs," catcher Roberto Perez said. "And that team over there is a really good team -- they're really aggressive. They started hitting that fastball and we got to the dugout and I said, 'Hey, you know what, we've got to pitch backwards. We've got to throw soft early and finish them hard.'"


Indians' Danny Salazar strikes out seven in win vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar earned his third win in as many starts Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on six hits in six innings while striking out seven and walking none in his team's 7-5 victory over the Royals.

Salazar (3-0) failed to deliver a quality start for the first time this season and couldn't continue to produce double-digit strikeouts but did avoid issuing a walk for the first time in his three outings. He surrendered a pair of runs on a first-inning single and two more runs on a sixth-inning home run to give up the lead, but his offense was able to pick up three runs of its own in the bottom half of the sixth to take the lead for good.

Salazar owns a 3.32 ERA and 28:5 K:BB ratio in 19 innings through three starts. He's scheduled to face the Royals again Monday.


Indians' Salazar beans Royals' Escobar in face with pitch


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar beaned Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the face with a 96 mph fastball, resulting in a scary moment in Wednesday evening's game between the two teams. 

Escobar was able to stand and walk off the field under his own power. According to the Kansas City Star, Salazar looked "stricken" after hitting Escobar with the pitch, indicating it was definitely an accident. 

Escobar exited the game and Christian Colon came in to pinch-run. 

Escobar finished the game 1 for 2 with a run. 


Indians' Danny Salazar strikes out career-high 11 in win Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar had one of the finest starts of his MLB career, as he struck out a career-high 11 during a 13-1 rout Friday at Detroit. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits and three walks in seven innings.

Salazar (2-0) ran into some trouble in the first inning, as he loaded the bases on a walk, single and hit batter. However, he escaped the jam unscathed.

He did allowed a solo home run to Nick Castellanos in the second inning, but it was one of few blemishes for the righty on Friday. He has a 2.08 ERA through two starts.

"Danny's always had maybe some of the best stuff on our staff," manager Terry Francona said, per Cleveland.com. "There's just some inconsistencies that we talked about. He had a really good week this week. Now, we'll challenge him again tomorrow, because we need him to have about another 30 [good starts]. That's the object. When you start doing that, with his stuff, that's when you have a chance to be really good."

His previous high in strikeouts was 10, which he accomplished three times. His next scheduled start is for Wednesday vs. Kansas City.


Indians starter Danny Salazar fans 10 on Saturday to collect first win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Indians starter Danny Salazar (1-0) fanned 10 batters, matching a career high, on Saturday, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings against the Twins to collect his first win of the season 

Salazar was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make Saturday's start.

"It's awesome," said Salazar, who struck out eight of his first 12 batters. "I have things to prove. I've been working."

Catcher Kurt Suzuki reached Salazar for a sole home run.

Salazar shoots for win No. 2 on Friday in Detoit.

"First thing, you want to win the game," Indians manager Terry Francona said about Salazar's performance. "The next thing now is wanting him to follow it up."


Indians officially recall Danny Salazar for Saturday's start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The Indians recalled Saturday's starter Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Austin Adams to Columbus, per the team's official website.

Salazar had a promising MLB debut in 2013, then struggled with consistency last year. He was sent down after posting an 8.18 ERA in spring training this year. He registered a 4.25 ERA over 110 innings for the Indians in 2014.


Danny Salazar in, Zach McAllister out of Indians rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Saturday start of Indians right-hander Danny Salazar in Minnesota won't be a one-and-done. He is destined to stay in the rotation while Zach McAllister heads to the bullpen, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Salazar pitched horribly in spring training despite hitting 95 mph consistently. But he hurled six shutout innings with seven strikeouts in his first start at Triple-A Columbus before being recalled.

"I have to show them that I've been working hard," Salazar said, per MLB.com. "I have to prove it."

McAllister has struggled to find the plate with anything but his fastball as a starter. He is considered better suited to come out of the bullpen, where his 97 mph fastball can be most effectively utilized.

"I think Zach's going to be a starter in the Major Leagues," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But right now, I think he can really help us as a weapon in the bullpen."


Indians will add Danny Salazar into weekend rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The Indians announced their rotation plans for their three-game weekend series against the Twins starting on Friday. Corey Kluber will square off against Mike Pelfrey, followed by Danny Salazar, who will be recalled from the minors to face Phil Hughes on Saturday. Southpaw T.J. House will close out the series against Trevor May, per MLB.com.

Indians Danny Salazar has strong first start at Triple-A


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Starting pitcher Danny Salazar showed that he might have figured things out and be ready for a return to the Indians later this season. 

Salazar had a promising MLB debut in 2013, then struggled with consistency last year. He was sent down after posting an 8.18 ERA in spring training this year. 

In his first start for Triple-A Columbus, Salazar pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits, striking out seven and walking none. He threw 57 strikes in 80 pitches. 

"My change was moving really good today," Salazar told the Columbus Dispatch. "It looked like the curveball. Guys in the dugout were saying, 'Nice curve,' and I was saying, 'No, it’s my change.' I felt really good." 


Salazar demoted; McAllister, House, Tomlin will compete for final spots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The Indians have optioned right-hander Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus, just a day removed from a dreadful Cactus League outing, according to the Plain Dealer.

Salazar coughed up seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits and no walks while striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of work against the Reds. The 25-year-old posted a whopping 8.18 ERA through 11 innings this spring.

"I don't know. The stuff is definitely there. It's not there yet consistently, whether he's locating or following a pitch up with two pitches in a row," manager Terry Francona said after Salazar's outing on Thursday. "Again, we'll keep working at it -- that's for darn sure -- but the results weren't the kind of what we're looking for."

The demotion narrows Zach McAllister, T.J. House and Josh Tomlin down to the two final spots in the rotation. House and Tomlin have options, while McAllister is out of options and could be in line for one of those two spots, per the Plain Dealer.


Indians' Francona on Salazar: We wanted him to pitch better Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Indians rotation hopeful Danny Salazar was knocked around during Thursday's Cactus League, allowing a pair of home runs in a 13-2 defeat to Cincinnati. He allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits and no walks while striking out six over 3 1/3 innings of work.

Manager Terry Francona was not pleased by Salazar's outing when he spoke to reporters after the game, per MLB.com.

"He started out, solo homer in the first and then another solo. And then, it kind of got away from him a little bit," Francona said. "I don't know. The stuff is definitely there. It's not there yet consistently, whether he's locating or following a pitch up with two pitches in a row. Again, we'll keep working at it -- that's for darn sure -- but the results weren't the kind of what we're looking for."

When asked, Francona said he will not let Salazar's rough outing impact his roster decision.

"I don't think we would ever make a decision on one start," Francona said. "I think that's where you set yourself up to make a mistake. Obviously, we wanted him to pitch better. I just don't think you can make decisions based on four innings in March. I don't think that's correct."


Indians pitcher Danny Salazar tosses four innings Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar was able to throw four innings Saturday against the Rockies, allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts. Salazar threw 69 pitches with 44 of them going for strikes.

"I felt aggressive," said Salazar to MLB.com. "I was trying to be aggressive the entire time. ... It's really important [for me to win a job]. I really want to help the team win. I don't want to play for me. I want to play for the team. Everything I do is going to be for them."

Manager Terry Francona said it was an OK outing by his standards.

"I'd say more good than not," Francona said. "I think at times he still leaves that fastball up, but you can see his intent is to get it down. He drove some good ones down. I thought off of that, his offspeed was pretty effective. So, even when he was up, he had enough on his offspeed with deception. We're still shooting for more consistency down, but you can see he's trying. He's getting there."


Indians' Danny Salazar gives up two runs in debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar allowed two runs in his spring debut on Friday.

Salazar gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Despite the shaky outing, manager Terry Francona came away impressed

"He made a couple mistakes along the way, but I thought he threw the ball really well," he said. "In the season, we can probably nitpick. But, in Spring Training for a first outing, I thought the ball came out of his hand really well and I thought he tried to drive it down with more intent. That's what he needs to do."

The 25-year-old Salazar is expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. He posted a 4.25 ERA over 110 innings last season. 


Danny Salazar issues apology to family, teammates, Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar declined to talk about his offseason sexual assault investigation. Instead, he told reporters that he apologized to his family, teammates and the Indians' organization.

"I will talk about it, but at another time," Salazar said on Friday, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Salazar was investigated and had no charges filed against him in relation to a sexual assault investigation stemming from a January incident at a Cleveland club. Salazar is set to enter his third major league season. He posted a 4.25 ERA in 2014.


Indians' Francona comfortable with battle for No. 5 in starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) With Josh Tomlin, T.J. House, Danny Salazar, Shaun Marcum, Bruce Chen and Zach McAllister all competing for the final spot of the Indians' rotation, manager Terry Francona told reporters that a few players may end up going to Triple-A or moved to the bullpen once camp breaks, per the Plain Dealer.

"At the moment, we're comfortable," Francona said. "We've all seen where you look up a month later and things happen. The one thing you don't ever want to have happen is have your season derailed because guys go down. You try to come to camp with not only who you think are going to be your five, but you have to have some depth. We have some guys who will probably end up going to Triple-A. Maybe a guy or two ends up in the bullpen. You never know."


Police won't file charges against Indians' Salazar


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar will not have charges filed against him in relation to a sexual assault investigation stemming from a incident at the Cleveland Hustler Club.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that after an investigation into what occurred there on Jan. 22, Salazar will not be charged. This was in response to a claim made at a local hospital during the early morning on Jan. 23.

"Detectives presented the case involving rape allegations with the suspect being Danny Salazar to the city prosecutor's office today and no charges were issued against Mr. Salazar," Ciacca said. 

It was previously reported that Salazar was under investigation for a possible sexual assault earlier Wednesday morning.

The Indians issued a statement shortly after the news broke.

"We are aware of an investigation involviong Danny," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "Since this potentially could become a legal matter, we won't have any additional comment at this time."

Salazar is set to enter his third major league season. He posted a 4.25 ERA in 2014.


Report: Police investigating Indians' Salazar for sexual assault


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar is being investigated by police for a possible sexual assault, according to a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

According to a report from MLB.com, no charges have been filed. An original Plain Dealer report stated catcher Roberto Perez was involved in the investigation but that has been refuted as there is no complaint against Perez.

Salazar is set to enter his third major league season. He posted a 4.25 ERA in 2014.

"We are aware of an investigation involviong Danny," Indians general Manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "Since this potentially could become a legal matter, we won't have any additional comment at this time."     


Indians trying to make sure Danny Salazar is ready to go by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday starting pitcher Danny Salazar is already in Arizona getting an early start to his spring program, according to MLB.com. In the past, Salazar has had a tendency to ease into the season, but the Indians want him ready by the start of the season.

Salazar will be competing for the final spot in the team's rotation this spring with Zach McAllister, John Tomlin and T.J. House.


Four of the five spots in Indians' rotation already decided


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Gavin Floyd have secured spots in the rotation for 2015.

He added Zach McAllister, Josh Tomlin, Danny Salazar and T.J. House will be competing for the final spot in the rotation this spring.


Danny Salazar won't pitch season finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar will not pitch in the season finale Sunday afternoon against the Rays. Instead, T.J. House will start in his place because the team had decided he's thrown enough innings, according to the Plain Dealer.

Salazar logged 52 innings in his rookie season. He will end his 2014 campaign with a 4.25 ERA and 120:35 K:BB ratio in 110 innings.


Danny Salazar surrenders five runs in loss vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar took a loss Tuesday, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 7-0 defeat against the Royals.

Salazar (6-8) watched two runs score in the fourth inning before the Royals tacked on three more in the fifth. The pitcher has been prone to mix in ugly lines with excellent outings, and he now owns a 4.25 ERA and 120:35 K:BB ratio in 110 innings after his final scheduled start of the season.