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The Cleveland Guardians' have been forced to speed up their timelines and use rookie starting pitchers all season. Logan Allen, Tanner Bibee, Gavin Williams, and even Xzavion Curry have all done a tremendous job stepping up and keeping the team in the playoff hunt.

However, the elephant in the room has been the number of innings they've thrown. Rookie pitchers are typically on some sort of innings limit to make sure they don't overdo it in their first season.

This is why it was so important that they traded for a veteran arm such as Noah Syndergaard at the trade deadline. 

Allen threw 132.2 innings in 2022 and is currently at 100.2 for this season. He was an example of a player who was sent down to the minors at the end of June to give him a break.

Bibee tied Logan with innings tossed last year at 132.2 and is creeping up on that number this season. He's already gone 109 innings across both the Majors and Minors. Williams is getting close to surpassing his 115.0 innings from last season and is currently sitting at 102 after his latest start against the Houston Astors.

This puts even more stress on a starting rotation that has struggled to stay healthy. 

President of Baseball Operations, Chris Antonetti, did not shy away from talking about this dilemma during his recent trip to Houston to meet with players. 

"We don't have a hard fast limit on any of the guys. So, you look at each player individually, try to understand: Where are they? How are they recovering between starts? Are they showing signs of fatigue? Are they maintaining their stuff? The good news on all of the young guys, so far, is they're still strong. We'll continue to monitor that when we can. We'll give them extra days. But we're hopeful they can continue to pitch and pitch effectively through the end of the season."

The important part here is the last few sentences Antonetti says. As of now, it appears the organization doesn't have any plans to shut any of their pitchers down even if they get to a certain number. 


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