Once a promising youngster→Two freak injuries→Troublemaker, eventually on the verge of release

Pitcher Zack Plesak (Cleveland), who suffered not once but twice from freak injuries, was finally released.

“Cleveland designated him for assignment (DFA),” Major League Baseball Trade Rumours reported on the 5th (KST).메이저사이트

Plesac was selected by Cleveland in the 12th round of the 2016 draft and made his big league debut in 2019. In 21 starts in his rookie year, he went 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA. He also threw one complete game and was highly regarded as a prospect.

However, in the last two years, he has been plagued by “freak injuries”. In the 2021 season, he broke his thumb while aggressively removing his undershirt during a change of clothes. The injury sidelined him from late May to early July.

There’s more. On 28 August last year, Plesak was starting a game against the Seattle Mariners when, after giving up a solo home run to Jake Lamb in the bottom of the seventh inning, he became agitated and slammed his right hand down on the mound, eventually fracturing his right hand. He picked up the win with the help of his bats, but the fracture kept him out for over a month.

Prior to that, in 2020, he lied about breaking COVID-19 protocols. These non-baseball controversies are not new.

Plesac, who was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time last winter, signed for $2.95 million this year, down from $2 million last year, despite his struggles.

He was released after appearing in five games this season, going 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.

The outlet noted, “He’s gone six innings just once this season. He posted a horrendous 7.59 ERA. The starting rotation has proven to be a disaster.”

Cleveland now has seven days to trade or claim Plesak off waivers. If no team wants him, he can sign a minor league deal or be released.

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