Guardians pitcher Karinchak sidelined with shoulder strain

March 26, 2022 GMT
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Minnesota Twins' Kyle Garlick in the tenth inning of a baseball game on May 23, 2021, in Cleveland. Karinchak underwent an MRI on Thursday, March 24, 2022, that revealed a “mild” strain in his right teres major muscle. The team said he won't throw for at least one week before being re-evaluated.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Minnesota Twins' Kyle Garlick in the tenth inning of a baseball game on May 23, 2021, in Cleveland. Karinchak underwent an MRI on Thursday, March 24, 2022, that revealed a “mild” strain in his right teres major muscle. The team said he won't throw for at least one week before being re-evaluated.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Minnesota Twins' Kyle Garlick in the tenth inning of a baseball game on May 23, 2021, in Cleveland. Karinchak underwent an MRI on Thursday, March 24, 2022, that revealed a “mild” strain in his right teres major muscle. The team said he won't throw for at least one week before being re-evaluated.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Minnesota Twins' Kyle Garlick in the tenth inning of a baseball game on May 23, 2021, in Cleveland. Karinchak underwent an MRI on Thursday, March 24, 2022, that revealed a “mild” strain in his right teres major muscle. The team said he won't throw for at least one week before being re-evaluated. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Minnesota Twins' Kyle Garlick in the tenth inning of a baseball game on May 23, 2021, in Cleveland. Karinchak underwent an MRI on Thursday, March 24, 2022, that revealed a “mild” strain in his right teres major muscle. The team said he won't throw for at least one week before being re-evaluated. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — Guardians reliever James Karinchak could miss the start of the regular season with a shoulder strain suffered earlier this week in camp.

One of Cleveland’s top bullpen arms, Karinchak underwent an MRI on Thursday that revealed a mild strain in his right teres major muscle. The team said Karinchak has already shown improvement, but won’t throw for up to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

The Guardians open the season on April 7 in Kansas City.

The hard-throwing Karinchak, who also has a devastating curveball, went 7-4 with a 4.07 ERA and 11 saves last season. Manager Terry Francona has used Karinchak in a set-up role and as a closer.

Karinchak has pitched in 92 games over the past three seasons with Cleveland.

Also, Guardians backup catcher Luke Maile could be out for a month with a strained hamstring. Maile got hurt while running the bases in an exhibition game this week.

Maile spent last season with Milwaukee. The 31-year-old has also been with Toronto and Tampa Bay. He signed a one-year deal as a free agent with Cleveland on March 14.

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