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MLB Injury News:
Cleveland Indians' All-Star pitcher Justin Masterson, who was removed from Monday's game in the second inning with an oblique strain, will miss at least one start and could be lost for the season.
As reported by Mark Emery of MLB.com, the Indians are hopeful that Masterson can return before the end of the month, but an MRI on Tuesday determined that Masterson has an oblique
strain. It's the type of injury that manager Terry Francona admits will cause Masterson to miss some time.
"With these types of things, I think it's probably reasonable to think
that he's going to miss a little time here," manager Terry Francona
said. "The hope would be that it's not the rest of the season. But we'll
just keep monitoring him and see how he's progressing. We're certainly
not going to do something that's not in his best interest, either."
Masterson said the soreness he felt on Tuesday was no worse than what he felt on Monday. Having said that, he knows there is no way to determine at this point how much time he will miss.
"Hopefully, that will go away in a few days," Masterson said, "and then
we can kind of get aggressive with it and see what we can do."
Should Masterson be lost for a significant amount of time, that would hinder the Indians playoff chances. He has been the most consistent starter and very much the ace of the staff. He is 14-10 with a 3.52 earned run average. In 189 1/3 innings pitched, he has struck out 188 and allowed only 155 hit.
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The Cleveland Indians lost their ace Justin Masterson on Monday at Progressive Field, and the loss of the game as well. What does this mean for the team who stands within reach of that second AL Wild Card? It means that the chances are much slimmer than before. Masterson (14-10) leads the Indians in wins, innings pitched, complete games, and strikeouts. The only Jamaican born pitcher...
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson brought a live chicken to batting practice Wednesday to poke fun of teammate Cody Allen, who is known by his nickname "Chicken Al".
The chicken helped to lighten the mood and keep the players loose. Manager Terry Francona approved, but more importantly, he assured everyone that no harm...
Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson will miss at least one start because of a strained left oblique, another blow to a team that's struggling to stay in playoff contention.
Indians manager Terry Francona says Masterson will definitely miss some time, but hopes Cleveland's No. 1 starter isn't out for the season. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the injury to the right...
Cleveland Indians' ace Justin Masterson left Monday's night's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning due to soreness in the left side of his ribcage.
As reported by Mark Emery and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians manager Terry Francona
and team trainer headed to the mound after Masterson threw an 86-mph
pitch to Matt Wieters.
It was the...
Indians All-Star pitcher Justin Masterson has left a start against Baltimore in the second inning with an apparent arm injury.
Masterson was pulled by manager Terry Francona, who made two visits to the mound in the second. Masterson first showed discomfort during an at-bat by Matt Wieters. Francona came out with a trainer to check on his big right-hander, who stayed in the game...
Justin Masterson underwent an MRI scan today which revealed he has a strained left oblique.
How long he will be out of the rotation is not clear but manager Terry Francona said this:
""He will defintiely miss a start. After that we'll go on symptoms. He can't do anything until he is pain free. So we will go completely on that.''
Masterson was forced to...
The Cleveland Indians might be using their farm system a little too literally these days.
Before the Tribe took on Baltimore Wednesday night, Justin Masterson livened up batting practice by bringing a live chicken to Progressive Field to help shag some balls in the outfield. The pitcher remained mysterious about how he obtained the bird, but it is reportedly a gift for relief pitcher...
Justin Masterson will miss at least one start because of a strained left oblique, according to manager Terry Francona. It is unclear whether he suffered the injury during the game or pre-game warmups/stretching.
Strains of the oblique muscles and their tendons occur when the muscles are most at risk in sports when the athlete is involved in movements that extend and twist the...
After salvaging the final game of what was still a brutal road trip, the Indians returned home to kick off yet another crucial series. The mild buzz from finally beating the Tigers and returning home with their best starter on the mound was quickly blown, however, as Justin Masterson left the game abruptly. As a result, the bullpen was put in a tough spot, while the offense sleepwalked...
Prior to Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians made friends with a different kind of bird.
Pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for the team's pregame drills. The bird, supplied by one of the Indians' clubhouse workers from an area farm, spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland's pitchers...
Remember the Rally Monkey? The dancing monkey that turned into a cultural phenomenon while serving as the unofficial mascot of the Angels (back when they were simply from Anaheim) 2002 World Series run.
Well, it looks like the Indians are trying to capture some of the same magic, as Tribe pitcher Justin Masterson trotted out a live chicken during Cleveland’s batting practice prior...
Well, you don't see this every day...but then again, it is Cleveland. It's a, well, interesting day at Progressive Field. Yes, that is a live chicken in the outfield shagging flies. pic.twitter.com/fKTHeG5LIA — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 4, 2013 Alright - so why was there a chicken on the field during batting practice at Progessive Field? I'll let...
What you see above is a chicken in the midst of the Cleveland Indians’ pregame drills before Wednesday’s game against the Orioles.
Apparently, pitcher Justin Masterson brought the chicken out on the field after an Indians’ clubhouse workers gave it to him.
ESPN has more details on this important matter.
The chicken, unfazed by its surroundings, stood calmly on the field while...
Next up in the three year review series are the starting pitchers. I wanted to handle this group on the whole and will use some advanced stats to try and show how things have changed for the Indians.
At the start of the year this was a weak link position for the Indians. I was like many who expected this team to fail because the pitching would be atrocious, and I thought this while...