CHICAGO -- The Indians are running out of time in their quest to put Roberto Hernandez back in their rotation. A decisive step in the process is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, manager Manny Acta said that Hernandez will test his ailing right ankle in a simulated game on Wednesday. Acta stressed that the ballclub is mostly concerned about Hernandez's mobility.
"It's not about throwing," Acta said. "It's about moving around and fielding his position. He can throw the ball. He can do that."
Acta indicated that the plan called for Hernandez to simulate three innings. The right-hander will also go through some agility drills to get a clear gauge on how his ankle responds to game-like fielding situations.
Following the workout, Cleveland will need to make a decision on Hernandez's status, considering the regular season ends on Oct. 3.
"If we don't feel that it's good enough for us to let him pitch," Acta said, "he'll just have another simulated game or something and call it a season."
Hernandez, who sustained the ankle injury during an outing against the A's on Aug. 27, has gone 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in three starts for the Indians this season. This offeason, the pitcher would become eligible for free agency if Cleveland declines his $6 million club option for the 2013 campaign.