Tribe Sends Danny Salazar to Columbus

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The Indians sent flame-throwing righty Danny Salazar down to the Columbus Clippers on Friday, and called up left hander Kyle Crockett.

The move came on the heels of Salazar’s outing in Toronto where he lasted just 4 innings and took his 4th loss of the season.

Crockett was drafted just 11 months ago out of the University of Virginia and was very effective in Akron, recording 6 saves in 15 relief appearances. He was the Tribe’s 4th round pick in 2013.

Salazar, who pitched in the Indians Wild Card game against the Rays last season, was putting up the strikeout numbers, but was using too many pitches (walks) to get the job done.

He struck out 47 batters in 40 innings but issued 17 bases on balls. He was 1-4 with an era of 5.53 and averaging only 5 innings per starting outing. A year ago, Salazar had an era of 3.12 in 10 starts.

Salazar opened the season as the Indians fourth starter in 2014.

Crockett is the first player from the 2013 to reach the Major Leagues.