Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
The Indians demoted Danny Salazar towards the end of spring training after a disappointing showing in Cactus League play that saw him post an 8.18 ERA over four starts. Not even two weeks into the season, however, Salazar is back in the majors, as he’ll be recalled to start on Saturday against the Twins. It’s possible it could just be a spot start for Salazar, as the Indians needed a starter after pushing Carlos Carrasco back a day following Tuesday’s scare. However, with both Zach McAllister (7.04 ERA) and T.J. House (40.50 ERA) struggling in the early going, the righty could make a case to remain in the rotation with a strong showing Saturday. He struck out seven over six scoreless frames in his first start with Triple-A Columbus.