Six-man rotation a reality for Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Would the Indians entertain the prospect of a six-man rotation this season?

Yes and no.

"Not exactly six in that order," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "What we're thinking about is we could have a swing man, a type of guy where if someone like [Mitch] Talbot or [Justin] Masterson needs to be shut down, this guy can step in for one of those guys each week.

"That way, everybody will pitch, but not necessarily in a six-man rotation. We just don't want to shut anyone down completely. We want them to keep pitching through the year. That's the main thing."

Masterson, in the midst of his first full season as a Major League starter, and rookie Talbot, on the 15-day disabled list since July 30 with a back strain, have not yet reached the point of a scaled back workload.

"We're going to finish this month and see where they're at," Acta said. "Masterson only has 128 1/3 innings. With Talbot, these two weeks on the DL have kind of held him back a little bit."