Danny Salazar’s first start for the Cleveland Indians in two years was undermined by a groin injury, the pitcher said after the Tribe’s 7-1 loss to the Houston Astros.
Salazar threw 66 pitches, mostly changeups, and began feeling discomfort in his groin at the start of the game. He was removed in the fourth inning, according to bench coach Brad Mills after reporting the injury to the coaching staff.
“His velocity was down," Mills said. "In his rehab starts it seemed like his velocity kept climbing and obviously it didn’t happen tonight.”
Salazar reportedly hit 92-93 mph with his fastball on the radar gun during rehab starts with Triple-A Columbus last month. He topped out at 88.3 mph on his four-seam fastball according to Statcast, averaging just 86.5 mph and relying heavily on his changeup against Astros hitters.