Guardians Place Shane Bieber on 60-day IL

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The Cleveland Guardians have made a few moves to their starting rotation. The biggest move being Shane Bieber to the 60-day IL due to right elbow inflammation. The Guardians also purchased the minor league contract of Daniel Norris. To make room on both the 26 and 40-man rosters, Cleveland sent Tim Herrin to Triple-A Columbus.

Down Goes Bieber, Again

Shane Bieber was already on the 15-day IL. His retroactive placement started on the July 12. His new 60-day window started that same day. This means Bieber will be out through September 10 at the least. This move makes it evident that Bieber needed a lot more than 15 days to recover. This move solidifies that Bieber will remain a Guardian through the trade deadline. In fact, he could be shut down for the remainder of the season if his club is out of the playoff race come mid-September. At 49–50, the Guardians are only a game and a half behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, and five and a half games behind the last AL wild card spot.

Daniel Norris

Daniel Norris can certainly be brought into the mix as a good starting pitcher for the club. He started 12 of his 18 games for Triple-A Columbus. Norris had his contract selected last month, and played in one game. The Guardians may use his veteran presence to pair with starting rookies, Logan Allen, Tanner Bibee, and Gavin Williams. Several rookie pitchers have been forced to step up in the absence of starters Bieber. Those rookis are Triston McKenzie, and Cal Quantrill. Promising rookie Peyton Battenfield is also set to return soon from the 60-day IL. Having Norris around will definitely help with good depth in the Guardians’ rotation. However, Norris has a 5.60 ERA in 53 innings with Triple-A Columbus this season. It will be interesting to see how the Guardians uses their bullpen over these next couple of months.

 

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Nathan Leko

Senior student-athlete wrestler at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, covering the Cleveland Guardians and the AL Central.

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