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Rip off: Indian pitcher Plesac breaks thumb removing shirt


Cleveland Indians right-wing Zach Plesac was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.

There was not a first word on how long Plesac, 26, would be on hiatus.

Indian manager Terry Francona said Plesac was injured while “taking off his undershirt quite aggressively” after starting Sunday’s Minnesota Twins in Progressive Field.

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Plesac started the game with three perfect innings, but the Twins scored five goals in the fourth game, including a homer with three runs by Max Kepler. Plesac was removed from the game with two outs in the inning, starting the chain of events that led to the injury.

“I think he got it on a chair,” Francona said before a game in Detroit. “It was quite swollen yesterday so we sent him for an x-ray last night and got it back towards the sixth inning.”

Plesac will be driven from Detroit to Cleveland on Tuesday evening and then traveled to Dayton, Ohio to meet Dr. Visit Thomas J. Graham.

Plesac, who is 4-3 with 4.14 ERA in 10 starts, was put on the restricted list in August for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols.

The list of Indians got some hits this month.

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Right-hander RHP Triston McKenzie, who reached an AL high 30 in 31 1/3 innings, was selected for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. One of the best prospects in the organization, 23-year-old McKenzie took the lead 3-1 with 6.89 ERA and 44 spikes in seven starts and one relief appearance.

Slugger Franmil Reyes is out for five to seven weeks due to internal oblique strain after injuring himself in Minnesota last weekend. Catcher Roberto Pérez was operated on for a broken right thumb earlier this month and is on the 60-day list of injured.

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