September 29, 2023

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The Guardians exchange timeout, the rotation in question with Shane Pepper being injured

The Guardians exchange timeout, the rotation in question with Shane Pepper being injured

Arlington – This wasn’t how the Guardians were hoping to start the second half of their season.

On Friday, rookie Shane Bieber underwent an MRI on his right forearm. The team is waiting to hear the results. He is scheduled to see Dr. Keith Meister sometime on Saturday. For now, Cleveland knows Pepper won’t be making his start in Pittsburgh on Monday. Next, the club tries to figure out what the plan will be.

Over the past month or so, [Bieber’s] “He was a bit of an excitable crank,” said Guardians team manager Terry Francona. “But we felt he was heading in the right direction. L.L [a few] It starts there, I think we made him love 80 pitches. But the last couple [starts]He wasn’t comfortable with the way he bounced.”

It became apparent that the guards were being very careful with Bieber in his June 23 debut against the Brewers. Playing in the fifth inning only turned 75 pitches, Cleveland had a bullpen rusher, which is off base when the team’s ace is on the rubber. When he returned in the sixth, he gave up three runs without recording an out.

Bieber’s previous two starts were similar to his exit against Milwaukee. His pitch count crept into the 90s, but the more pitches he threw, the easier it became to hit. In every outing, it took at least until the fifth for the running back to be put on the board because it was exhausting.

If Bieber were to miss that long, trade deadline rumors involving his name would begin to subside quickly. If the opposing team is hoping to bolster its rotation with a top-tier player before the playoffs, it likely won’t want to risk a pitcher who’s been dealing with forearm problems for the past month.

Depending on Bieber’s MRI results, he may not be able to make enough starts to be impressive. It’s hard to know exactly what this means for his immediate future until results come in, but it certainly makes him stay in a Cleveland uniform the most likely scenario.

Let’s dive into what the rest of the spin will look like in the near future.

The Guardians needed a fifth player from the first-half start already, considering Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie are on the injured list. Logan Allen is expected to fill that vacancy on Tuesday. But now that Pepper is out of his start on Monday at least, Cleveland will have to figure out how he’s going to fill another opener.

If this is a short-term problem, the Guardians will likely beat Monday’s bullpen. That’s a possibility, Francona said, assuming the bulls aren’t exhausted this weekend in Texas.

Hunter Gaddis could be an option, but he hasn’t thrown more than four innings in an outing — in the Majors or Triple-A Columbus — since May 22, serving as a starter and relief in that span. Zach Blissack started for Columbus on Friday, which could rule him out Monday if that’s in Cleveland’s plans.

The duration of Bieber’s absence will determine how precarious Cleveland’s situation is initially. The rotation is down to a veteran only in Aaron Sival, relying on rookies Gavin Williams, Tanner Bibby and Allen to handle the massive workload.

The Guardians have already expressed their desire to monitor their innings totals more closely this season, bearing in mind that no more than 132 2/3 frames have been thrown in a season, but it would be difficult to do so if the team did not. We have veterans who can take turns when it’s their turn to take the ball.

So far, Cleveland has been fortunate with how successful the club’s youth reliance has been. The Guardians desperately need this to keep the case moving forward, as they wait to hear Bieber’s findings.

“[The young kids have] “They kept us in the games, because they competed,” Francona said. “Our office has done a very good job, because they gobbled up a lot of innings. It will be much more difficult if Bieber starts to make mistakes. Doesn’t mean you can’t win. It just means that your margin of error is less. “