The Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker reports that Cleveland Indians’ starting pitcher Justin Masterson is making progress in his rehab from a strained oblique muscle, but is unlikely to make another start in the regular season.
The Tribe’s ace was injured on September 2nd, while pitching against the Baltimore Orioles. He suffered the injury during the second inning and was forced from the game. The injury is on Masterson’s non-throwing side, which had the team optimistic he might miss only a start or two.
Masterson is on a throwing program, and could begin pitching off of a mound this week. Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway said they would love to get Masterson in a game somehow down the stretch, possibly coming out of the bullpen for a couple of innings if all goes well.
Masterson is 14-10 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 188 strikeouts in 189 1/3 innings.
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