3:22 pm: Coach Terry Francona told reporters that the team believed Plisak suffered the fracture in his last start, when he hit a frustrated volley after succumbing to the fracture at home. Jake Lamb (Twitter link via Mandy Bell from MLB.com).
This is the second time in his career that Plisak has sustained an injury while expressing his frustration. He broke his right thumb last May when he tore his shirt “hard” after a bad outing against the twins. Plisak was also disciplined by the team in 2020 after violating the club’s Covid-19 protocols and later expressed his frustration in the since-deleted Instagram video.
2:54 pm: The team announced that Plesak had a fracture of the fifth metatarsal (pinky finger) in his right hand.
2:47 pm: Putting the right hand guardians Zach Plisack And the Aaron Ceval On the list of injured – Plesak due to a fracture of the right hand and Sephal due to inflammation of the forearm. right hand Cody Morris, who was just brought back from the injured 60-day list yesterday when the rosters were expanded to 28 players, will make his major league debut and start tonight’s game in place of Plisak. Cleveland summoned the right hand Xavian Carry and left Kirk McCarty From Triple-A Columbus to take Plesac and Civale points in the active list.
Plesak, 27, is fourth in the Guardians in the matches that started (23) and innings (127). He worked up to 4.39 afternoons with an 18.1% strike rate, 6.8% walking rate, and 40.7% strike rate. ERA substitutes such as FIP (4.50) and SIERA (4.40) generally agree with this assessment of his work so far in 2022. It does not line up with the format that Plesak displayed in his first two seasons, when he scored 3.32 ERAs through his first 29 major league starts, But he’s settled as a viable alternative option in Cleveland for the past two seasons.
Cefal, also 27, is making his third trip to the injured list this season. He lost time with a rear injury and a sprain in his right wrist, but this is the number one forearm issue this season. While Civale’s 5.40 ERA is clearly ugly to the eye, it has done quite well lately. Since returning from a wrist injury in late June, he’s taken the ball on nine occasions and worked on a 3.68 ERA while taking out exactly a quarter of his opponents and issuing a neat 6.1% run.
It’s a poorly timed pair of injuries for the Guardians – there’s no “good” time to put 40% of the rotation on the injured roster – because they’ve already dropped back-to-back matches and watched the Twins climb back into the span of one game of AL Central’s lead. Meanwhile, the White Sox racked up consecutive wins and reduced their deficit to four manageable matches. The Central is, at this point, the only division in Major League Baseball with three teams legitimately vying for the division crown.
With two vacancies in the rotation, the Guardians can turn to Morris and Curry as short-term alternatives. 25-year-old Morris would probably have been on duty by now had he not had so much tension in his back in spring training – an injury that kept him until early August. He was named to the 40-man shortlist in November after posting a 1.62 dominant ERA and 93 to 20 K/BB in 61 minor league rounds last year, and has been a standout in the minor league rehab so far. Between the 2021-22 seasons, Morris has 52 runs of Triple-A ball under his belt, during which he scored a 1.90 ERA with a whopping 40.6% strike rate versus an 8.9% walk rate.
Meanwhile, Curry made his MLS debut earlier this season, allowing three runs in five runs to start against the visiting Tigers. The 24-year-old is generally ranked between a Cleveland prospect of #10 and #20 in the various ratings of the system. He’s been hit hard in two rounds of Triple-A since his return to the Palace, but his overall numbers between Double-A and Triple-A this season have held steady: 4.00 ERA, 25.9% strike rate, 8.3% walk rate in 108 innings.
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