Born on January 21, 1995, Zach Robert Plesac is a right-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball (MLB). To begin 2019, he debuted in Major League Baseball.
The Cleveland Guardians, who lead the American League Central by one game, had two starting pitcher injuries on Friday. Before the first game of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland (a game ahead of Minnesota) had to put Zach Plesac (broken hand) and Aaron Civale (forearm irritation) on the 15-day injured list.
Nothing about this situation is ideal for a young club in the thick of a pennant chase. Plesac was expected to start the opening game on Friday, but the right-hander was replaced roughly four hours before the first pitch. Cody Morris, a rookie, will make his major league debut on Thursday when the Mariners visit.
Terry Francona, manager of the Guardians, revealed that pitcher Andrew Plesac fractured his fifth metacarpal when he punched the ground in fury after allowing a home run to the Mariners last weekend. Plesac has struggled this season due to a lack of run support.
After a few days of swelling, the team decided to put Plesac through imaging testing to determine the cause of the pain in his palm.
Putting Plesac in a splint and having him miss only one week of action is the “best case scenario,” according to Francona. The Protectors are going to have him checked out by Dr. Thomas Graham, a world-famous hand specialist. In 23 starts, Plesac is 3-11 with a 4.39 ERA. It’s Civale’s third time on the IL this year due to injury.
The right-hander had to sit out due to injuries sustained in both of his throwing arms. In 16 games, he has a record of 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA. There have been “a lot of things that have kind of gotten in the way” for him, Francona added. Civale was relieved to learn that the swelling in his forearm wasn’t related to his pitching elbow, which he had previously worried about.
Francona characterized it as “musculature.” “But you know that when that happens you have some swelling in that area, and that can kick off whatever it is that’s there. The atmosphere becomes tense and hostile as a result.”
When asked about the timeline for the drug to work, Francona said they hope it will have done so before Civale throws again. As of the 14th of September, he can come back to work.
On Thursday, Morris, 25 years old, returned off the 60-day disabled list. The right-handed pitcher had been out since his back was strained in spring training. His ERA at Triple-A Columbus was 2.35 in six appearances. Morris made his Clippers debut after tossing 60 pitches in his previous game, so Francona has promised to keep a tight eye on him.
Against the White Sox, Plesac had one of the greatest starts of his career, lasting eight innings while striking out 11 and allowing no earned runs. After partying with friends in Chicago after the Indians’ August 9 game against the White Sox, Plesac was sent home by the club via car service for breaking team and MLB COVID-19 protocols. At a later time, Plesac released an apology statement.
Plesac pitched for the 2020 Cleveland Indians in eight games, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.28 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 55 13 innings of work. Plesac made an MLB record by being the opposing pitcher all three times the Indians were held hitless in 2021.
The 2021 Season Was Plesac’s First 10-Win Campaign, as He Went 10-6 with A 4.67 Era and 100 Strikeouts. It’s a Strange Twist of Fate that Plesac Was the Opposing Starting Pitcher in All Three No-Hitters Thrown Against the Indians This Season.
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