CLEVELAND – Cleveland Guardians shortstop Nick Sandlin will be out for the rest of the major league playoffs with a strained right shoulder muscle.
Guardians officials said Monday that an MRI scan revealed a lengthening of the teres major muscle. The right-handed pitcher will be completely inactive for six weeks, preventing him from playing another game this season.
Sandlin had to come off the mound in the 10th inning of Saturday’s game, which the Guardians won 1-0 in the 15th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, due to what the team described as “stiffness in the upper arm.
The Guardians will begin their American League second-round series against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday after sweeping the best-of-three series against the Rays.
The Guardians have until 10 a.m. Tuesday to replace Sandlin on the 26-man roster.
Sandlin has proven to be a reliable member of the Guardians’ strong supporting cast this season. He went 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 46 appearances.
Sandlin missed the final month of the 2021 calendar year with a shoulder muscle strain.