Found September 19, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
With just a few games remaining in the American League Wild Card hunt, the Cleveland Indians are hoping to get a boost to their pitching staff with Justin Masterson potentially set to throw a bullpen session this Friday. Masterson, who has been battling a strained oblique since September 2nd, could be available either out of the bullpen or in the rotation before the end of the season, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. “What we’d like to do is have him healthy, and then figure out how to best use him as a weapon,” stated Indian’s manager Terry Francona. Masterson played catch at a distance of 110 feet at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City this Monday and may be cleared to throw a bullpen session Friday in Cleveland, barring any setbacks from Monday. Francona went on to say that this would be a “best case scenario” for Masterson and added that “he’s logged a lot of innings. He's a leader for a reason. To see him try so hard to come back, that part is even uplifting." If Masterson is cleared to return to the team, the club is considering bringing him out of the bullpen because of the inability for him to be properly stretched out enough to handle a starter’s workload.    The 2013 season had been a solid one for Masterson prior to his injury, posting a 14-10 record while sporting a 3.52 ERA. The sinkerballer has been a dominant strikeout pitcher this season with 188 strikeouts in 189 1/3 innings. With six teams battling for just two Wild Card spots, the Indians need Masterson on their staff, whether he is able to give them starter’s innings or come out of the 'pen. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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