Salazar began this season in Akron. He missed most of the 2011 season following Tommy John elbow surgery the previous year. Francona pointed out that Salazar threw only 87 2-3 innings in the minors in 2012. He's already pitched 82 innings this season and the Indians don't want to overextend him.
"You have to be cognizant of that," Francona said. "They've done a real good job of that in the minor leagues of keeping an eye on him. We would certainly be aware of that."
While it's unclear exactly when Salazar will return to the Indians, it's obvious he left a positive impression.
"If he had gotten hit around it wouldn't have detracted from how we view his future, but for everybody to see what's in there was certainly a bright spot for the entire organization," Francona said.