Zach Plesac, the starting pitcher for the Cleveland Guardians, was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a hand injury he received after punching the mound during his previous start after he gave up a home run. Manager Terry Francona made the announcement on Friday.
Plesac suffered a hand fracture, according to Francona, during a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on August 27.
This is simply Plesac’s most recent injury; during the 2021 season, he missed time after violently pulling off his shirt during a game against the Minnesota Twins, breaking his right thumb.
It is awful for the Guardians to lose Plesac. Although he has a 3-11 record, he has recorded respectable numbers in 127 innings across 23 starts, including a 4.39 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 99 strikeouts.
Cody Morris, a right-hander, is anticipated to start Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners and will probably replace Plesac in the rotation until that time. Morris has played in Triple-A all season.
Plesac was lost, while the Guardians also placed starter Aaron Civale on the disabled list due to irritation in his right forearm. He is being replaced by Xzavion Curry, who made one start for Cleveland earlier this year and lost to the Detroit Tigers on August 15 after giving up three runs on eight hits in five innings.
With a 68-61 record, the Guardians are in first place in the AL Central. With 33 games remaining, they only have a one-game advantage over the second-place Minnesota Twins and a four-game lead over the Chicago White Sox.
Shane Bieber, Cal Quantrill, and Triston McKenzie will be tasked with managing the rotation and keeping the Guardians in postseason contention while Plesac and Civale are out injured.