Akron Aeros’ right-hander Danny Salazar spent the offseason working out with Ubaldo Jimenez, but Tribe fans needn’t be concerned.
Salazar, 23, has fared better than Jimenez this season, as he is presently 2-3 with a 2.67 ERA and a 51:10 K:BB. In three appearances from April 20-May 2, Salazar didn’t allow an earned run. On Tuesday, his final start with the Aeros, he tossed five innings against the Erie SeaWolves and yielded just one run.
The Cleveland Indians signed Salazar as a non-drafted free agent back in 2006 and since then, he has slowly ascended his way through the system. In 2010, he was sidelined most of the season as he underwent reconstruction surgery on his elbow.
Last season, Salazar started the year in high-A Carolina, where he posted a 1-2 record and 2.68 ERA through 16 games before his promotion to Akron, where he went 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA. Now, he says his elbow is feeling good and he feels healthier overall.
“I feel great right now so far,” Salazar said. “I was worki...