Zach Plesac slated for Friday return start vs Royals

Guardians right-hander 3-11 on season
Aug 16, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Photo credit © David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Guardians right-hander Zach Plesac is expected to make a return start on Friday against the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland manager Terry Francona confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old starting pitcher, who has been inactive since Sep. 2 after sustaining a broken pitching hand, was set to throw a bullpen session prior to Tuesday's contest between the Guardians and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Plesac struck out five while allowing two hits and zero walks over five scoreless innings in his lone rehab start with Double-A Akron.

In 23 starts for Cleveland this year, Plesac is 3-11 with a 4.39 earned run average, along with 99 strikeouts and 37 walks allowed.

Should Plesac make his re-appearance Friday, he could possibly start the Guardians' final game of the regular season on Oct. 5 - also at home against Kansas City.

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