Cleveland Guardians Lose Another Starting Pitcher To Injury

The Cleveland Guardians have been dealt another blow to their rotation as starting pitcher Aaron Civale has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to a left oblique strain.

Civale joins Cleveland's ace Triston McKenzie on the IL. McKenzie's expected to rejoin the rotation sometime in early June.

The severity of the injury is currently unknown, but it's expected to keep Civale out of action for several weeks. It's unclear when Civale sustained the injury, as there were no apparent signs of injury during his recent start against the Seattle Mariners.

However, he was lit up for four runs and nine hits over 5.2 innings, so that could be why.

Civale had started two games this season, pitching 12.2 innings and achieving a 2.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and an 8:2 K/BB ratio.

Peyton Battenfield has been called up to replace him in the starting rotation and he will start Wednesday against the New York Yankees, but there are several options for who could step in to replace Civale, including Xzavion Curry, a long reliever.

Oblique injuries can be complex, and expect Civale to be out for at least a few weeks. The Guardians will likely provide more information on his condition as it becomes available. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports