Back on September 2, Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson left a 7-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles after pitching just one inning because of an oblique injury. At the time, Masterson thought he would miss just one start.
However, Masterson hasn’t pitched since the injury and the team has announced that he will return in a relief role.
“What ended up possibly being a big negative for us — having Masty not around — all of a sudden has a chance to be a big weapon for us moving forward,” Indians manager Terry Francona told the Associated Press.
So far this season, the 28-year old Masterson is 14-10 with a 3.52 ERA. He has 188 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.21.
On Sunday, Masterson pitched in a simulated game and by all indications, he looked very good.
“He did terrific,” Francona, who along with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti watched the simulated game, said. “His stuff was really good. He wasn’t down that long and it shows.”
The Indians can really use any extra arm. They lead the Texas Rangers by one game for the second wild card spot with five games to play.