Cleveland manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday the team will place right-hander Zach Plesac on the injured list due to an undisplaced fracture of his right thumb. The 26-year-old was injured by “rather aggressively ripping his shirt off” and grabbing his thumb on a chair in the dressing room on Sunday.
Plesac started Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field, allowing five runs in 3rd innings. When Plesac’s swelling of his thumb did not subside on Monday, he underwent an x-ray which revealed the fracture.
” He called [athletic trainer] James Quinlan and James called me, “said Francona. It was pretty bloated yesterday. … As you can imagine, our wheels started to turn. ”
Plesac will meet with hand specialist Dr Thomas Graham on Wednesday to learn more about the prognosis.
Plesac’s injury puts Cleveland’s rotation at a standstill, with right-hander Triston McKenzie demoted on Saturday. Cleveland was already planning to use an enclosure set to fill McKenzie’s lap in the rotation on Wednesday, but will need a starter on Friday to complete Plesac’s lap. The Indians will also need to find a starter on Monday when they play a double sided with the Chicago White Sox.
Currently, the rotation includes Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and rookie Sam Hentges, with the other two spots in the rotation vacant. Options the Indians might consider to fill those open starts include Jean Carlos Mejia, who made two relief appearances in the majors, Scott Moss and Eli Morgan.
So far this season, Plesac is 4-3 in 10 starts, with an ERA of 4.14 and 1.02 WHIP.
ESPN’s David Schoenfield contributed to this report.