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CLEVELAND -- The Indians continued their rotation shuffling on Wednesday, promoting right-hander Corey Kluber from Triple-A Columbus to start against the Yankees. The move was essentially rendered moot when Wednesday's game was postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been announced and Kluber will shift into the bullpen temporarily.

Cleveland was left scrambling to fill Wednesday's starting slot after its pitching staff was unexpectedly taxed on Monday and Tuesday against New York. In order to help save the bullpen extra work, the Indians used right-hander Brett Myers -- the planned starter for Wednesday -- in relief in Tuesday's 14-1 loss.

Kluber, 26, made 12 starts as a rookie with Cleveland last season, going 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA. The right-hander made his season debut at Triple-A on Friday and picked up a win after holding Indianapolis to three runs on six hits over six innings. The Indians optioned Carlos Carrasco, Tuesday's starter, to Triple-A to make room for Kluber.

In the wake of the rainout, McAllister will start as planned on Thursday against the Yankees, followed by Justin Masterson (Friday against the White Sox), Ubaldo Jimenez (Saturday against the White Sox) and Myers (Sunday against the White Sox). Cleveland has a scheduled team off-day on Monday.

On Tuesday night, Carrasco -- making his first start since Aug. 3, 2011, following a comeback from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow -- was ejected in the fourth inning after hitting New York's Kevin Youkilis with a pitch. Carrasco gave up seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs, in just 3 2/3 innings.

Myers entered in relief and surrendered seven runs on 11 hits, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings.

One game earlier, Jimenez lasted only 4 1/3 innings in a disappointing showing against the Yankees in Monday's home opener for Cleveland.

"You try to take things that don't go right and make the best out of it," Indians manager Terry Francona said of the roster shuffling.

Masterson has opened the year strong with a 2-0 record and a 0.69 ERA, but the rest of the staff has struggled. Cleveland's other starters have combined to go 0-5 with an 8.70 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs on 32 hits over 30 innings (not including Myers' relief outing).

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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