Cleveland Indians' pitcher Justin Masterson, who left his September 2 start against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning with a strained his left oblique muscle, played catch on Thursday before the series opener against the Chicago White Sox.
Manager Terry Francona reported to Manny Randhawa of MLB.com that Masterson had no issues playing catch, but has a progression to go through before he is back and healthy.
"He came out today and played catch," manager Terry Francona said. "He
went out to about 90 feet [and there were] no issues, no problems. And
we'll just continue that progression. … He has to go [through] his
progression, but he did well. [When he returns] all depends on how quickly he comes back. If he's
back and healthy, we can pitch him. But that has to happen. So, we don't
need to put one thing ahead of the other."
Masterson has played with the Red Sox and Indians during his six year
Major League career. Last season, he was 11-15 with a 4.93 earned run
average in 34 starts. In 206 1/3 innings, he allowed 212 hits, 88 walks,
and struck out 159. In 29 starts this season, Masterson is 14-10 with a 3.52 earned run average. He has struck out 188 and allowed only 155 hits in 189 1/3 innings pitched.