Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Indians demote Salazar

Danny Salazar has gone from starting a playoff game to pitching in the minor leagues.

The Indians optioned the hard-throwing Salazar to triple-A Columbus after he struggled in eight starts this season. He was 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA, striking out 47 in 40 2-3 innings, but allowed 49 hits, including eight home runs.

Salazar's fast rise to the major leagues last season has been followed by a quick fall, but manager Terry Francona is confident the right-hander will succeed.

"I'm telling you, he's going to be a good major league pitcher," Francona said. "He will be back and he will be good."

Dobbs to Nats

First baseman Greg Dobbs has joined the Nationals, who optioned catcher Sandy Leon to triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals selected Dobbs' contract before Friday's game against the Mets. He signed as a minor-league free agent Monday.

Fernandez out

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has undergone Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery as previously planned, ending the reigning NL rookie of the year's season.

Typical recovery time is 12 to 18 months. The 21-year-old Fernandez was put on the disabled list earlier this week, becoming the latest in a string of major league pitchers this year who have needed Tommy John surgery.

Surgery for Perez?

The Rangers will meet with lefthander Martin Perez on Saturday to determine if the injured starter will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The 23-year-old Perez felt discomfort in his elbow in his most start last Saturday. An examination revealed inflammation, and he said this week he's leaning toward having the procedure done.

- Associated Press

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