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Indians send Salazar to the pen

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Indians have sent pitcher Danny Salazar to the bullpen. The 2016 All-Srar has struggled this season after going 3-5 with a 5.50 ERA in 10 starts.

In 52 1/3 innings, he has struck out 73 batters and walked 28. He has also allowed 55 hits.

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Salazar will officially be available from the pen beginning on Wednesday. He hopes the move will allow Salazar to regain his confidence, which Francona believes he lost.

In place of Salazar, the team will use Corey Kluber on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. He has been on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lower back since May 3.

Salazar, when he was an All-Star, went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA last season. However, after the Mid-Summer Classic, he missed the majority of the second half with a sore elbow.

While Salazar is temporary sent to the bullpen, Francona may let him start a game again soon. He said the former starter could start again next week during the Indians road trip.

Francona does not want Kluber to start against the Colorado Rockies, because they do not want him to hit, or even run the bases.

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