"If he was with [the Indians], he would've pitched," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Missing one start while he can work on some mechanical things, flush that out of there, just so it doesn't become a nuisance. It's nothing structural."
Salazar has gone 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in three appearances since he was optioned to the Indians' Triple-A affiliate on May 16. However, Francona doesn't believe those numbers were affected by any lingering discomfort.
The 23-year-old Salazar's most recent setback comes after putting up a 5.53 ERA in eight starts with the Tribe this season. The team sent the struggling righty to the Minors, calling up right-hander Trevor Bauer to take his place in the rotation, with the hope that Salazar can correct his delivery and rework some of his mechanics.
"It wasn't so much the height of his lead arm," Francona said. "It's what it was doing to everything else. He was kind of rocking and wasn't driving off that back leg."
Salazar posted a 3.12 ERA with the Indians last season, striking out 65 across 52 innings pitched.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.