Masterson to return in relief role

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 20, 2013
Indians All-Star starter Justin Masterson will return from an injury and pitch in relief during the team's playoff push. With Cleveland fighting for a postseason spot, Masterson, sidelined with a strained oblique muscle since Sept. 2, will join Cleveland's bullpen. Manager Terry Francona said the right-hander could appear in a game as early as Wednesday. The Indians have managed to stay in the playoff chase without their ace, who is looking forward to coming back and helping in any way he can. Masterson pitched a simulated game on Sunday, the final hurdle before he could be cleared to return. While Masterson would love to start again this season, Francona indicated the only way that will happen is if the Indians play deep into October. Masterson is 14-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts.
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