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Guardians' McKenzie could miss 8 weeks with shoulder strain

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Cleveland Guardians right-hander Triston McKenzie will be shut down for two-to-eight weeks due to a teres major muscle strain in the back of his shoulder, the team announced Monday.

The 25-year-old was removed from a spring training game Sunday after one inning because of arm tightness.

McKenzie was scheduled to start the Guardians' second game of the regular season in Seattle against the Mariners.

"Extremely (frustrating)," McKenzie told's Mandy Bell before learning of his diagnosis. "But I think it's part of the game and I think we're trying to be proactive about it and get ahead of it."

The New York native was stellar for the Guardians last season, authoring a 2.96 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 190 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings.

There's been no announcement about who will replace McKenzie in Cleveland's rotation, although Hunter Gaddis is a leading candidate.

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