Danny Salazar optioned to minors

Updated: May 16, 2014, 7:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Danny Salazar has gone from starting a playoff game to pitching in the minor leagues.

The Indians optioned the hard-throwing Salazar to Triple-A Columbus after he struggled in eight starts this season. He was 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA, striking out 47 in 40 2/3 innings, but allowed 49 hits, including eight home runs.

Salazar's fast rise to the major leagues last season has been followed by a quick fall, but manager Terry Francona is confident the right-hander will succeed.

"I'm ...

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