Guardians’ Zach Plesac smashes the hand strike mound to land on IL

Zach Plesac continues to find unique ways to earn a trip on the disabled list.

The Guardians placed the right-hander on the IL with a broken pitching hand on Friday. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that Plesac’s right palm was swollen and the team believes the injury occurred when he hit the mound after allowing a home run against Mariners Jake Lamb during his last departure Saturday.

The “best case scenario” for Plesac — who is 3-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 23 starts — is that he will be placed in a brace and miss a week, Francona said. The team will soon have him examined by specialist Dr Thomas Graham.

It’s the second year in a row Pleasac, 27, has suffered a bizarre injury. Last May he broke his right thumb when he ripped off his shirt after a rough outing and caught it on a chair in the locker room.

His latest injury will leave Cleveland without one of its best starters as the Guardians try to hold off the Twins and the White Sox, just one and three games back in the AL Central, respectfully, entering Saturday. To compound the problem, the team also put teammate Aaron Civale (inflamed forearm) on the IL.


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