DETROIT -- Indians manager Eric Wedge didn't want to go so far as to confirm it, but it is "most likely" that right-hander Matt Ginter will be the Tribe's starter for Saturday's game against the Rays.
The Indians need a spot starter in the wake of the CC Sabathia trade. Right-hander Fausto Carmona is still working his way back from a left hip strain and won't be available until after the All-Star break.
Ginter is 6-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 18 games, including 17 starts, at Triple-A Buffalo this year. He was pulled from his start against Syracuse on Tuesday after tossing three scoreless innings, which is an indication that the Indians wanted him ready for Saturday.
The 30-year-old Ginter has 92 games of big league experience under his belt, including 15 starts. He pitched for the White Sox, Mets and Tigers between 2000-05. This would be his first promotion to the Majors since '05.
"He's a warrior," Wedge said. "He's a guy that keeps pitching and doesn't give into the fight. We saw him this spring. That's what's nice about big league camp is you might not see a guy for three months, but you can reflect back on conversations or what you saw from him in the spring."
As for Carmona, he is scheduled to throw a 50-pitch simulated session Thursday. If all goes well, he could be ready for a rehab assignment in the Minors. The Indians expect him to make a minimum of two Minor League starts before he's ready to rejoin the rotation.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.