Sep 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson (63) in the dugout after being removed from the game during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Clevelinks, September 22: Masterson to Return?

As the Indians make a final push to secure one of two AL Wild Card spots, they are beginning to turn heads with their play. As a result, the Tribe is garnering a lot more attention from both the media and the fan base. These are good things, I assure you. For today’s edition of Clevelinks, we explore some of the key story lines surrounding the team as we draw nearer to October and playoff baseball. The most notable of these story lines being Justin Masterson and the saga that is his strained oblique muscle.

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  • According to the Plain Dealer, the plan is to get Justin Masterson back in the rotation by season’s end. However, they plan on being cautious and taking things slow. Masterson will start off out of the bullpen until he is ready to rejoin the rotation on a full-time basis.
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    ESPN reports that Masterson’s side is improving and felt good after throwing briefly in the bullpen. This is a positive step in the right direction for the Indians’ ace.

  • The Indians have done a great job this season of maximizing opportunities against bad teams. However, they have noticeably struggled against teams over .500. That could be a problem if the Indians make the playoffs where, rumor has it, most teams have records above .500.
  • Bryan Shaw is on a roll right now and as Jordan Bastian points out, he has been one of the most reliable relievers in the Indians bullpen all season long.

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