Guardians Pitcher Fractures Hand; 2nd Starter Also Heads To IL

Whenever a starting pitcher is scratched on the day of his start, it's concerning. And when the Cleveland Guardians first announced that a hand injury had sidelined Zach Plesac, fans could only hope for the best. Now the team has made it official. Plesac is dealing with a fracture in his throwing hand.

Specifically, it's a fracture to the fifth metacarpal in his right hand. Not good for a right-handed pitcher. And the way that it happened is even worse.

Plesac had been struggling in his last seven starts, with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. His ERA on the season now sits at 4.39 and his WHIP at 1.31.

Cody Morris will start in Plesac's place, and will be making his MLB debut in the process.

The 25-year-old right-hander had posted a 1.69 ERA and 0.70 across 9 minor league starts this year. He was just activated off the 60-day IL today, after having suffered a strained teres major muscle back in Spring Training. 

The Guardians are also losing another starter, as Aaron Civale heads to the IL as well. 

Civale is out with right forearm inflammation. He has a 5.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP this season. 

Xzavion Curry and Kirk McCarty have been called up to replace them on the roster. 

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