Kluber to get the call in second game of doubleheader

Kluber to get the call in second game of doubleheader

KANSAS CITY -- The Indians moved Corey Kluber into the starting rotation last week, but a pair of rainouts have robbed the right-hander of a turn on the mound. That will change on Sunday.

Prior to Saturday's game against the Royals, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Kluber would start for the Tribe in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. The game is a makeup of Friday night's postponement in Kansas City.

Cleveland will also promote a player from the Minor Leagues to serve as the team's 26th man for the double dip on Sunday, but Francona was not ready to say who would be joining the Indians.

"We have some things to work through," Francona said on Saturday. "Obviously, I've talked to [general manager Chris Antonetti] numerous times. We'll wait until we get through tonight to see what we think helps us the most. We walked through all kinds of scenarios."

As a result of Friday's rainout, Cleveland shuffled its rotation slightly, having left-hander Scott Kazmir start on Saturday and pushing Ubaldo Jimenez, who was originally slated to start Saturday, back to Monday's game against the Royals. The Indians will also need to name a starter for Wednesday's home game against the Phillies. One possibility is Triple-A Columbus right-hander Trevor Bauer.

"There's a lot of things to sift through," Francona said. "We're trying to figure out how best to do it. This works out. Putting Corey in that second game, it'll help free up some things. It gives us some options down the road if we need them."

Francona said Jimenez (0-2 with a 10.06 ERA through four starts) threw a bullpen session on Saturday, giving the righty another day to try to keep his mechanics in order. Jimenez has been throwing two side sessions between starts under normal circumstances.

"It's been really good," Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said of Jimenez's side work. "I thought he was really good his last time out. His stride direction was really good and he took it right into his 'pen. We worked a little more in-between the last couple starts on being out of the stretch and things like that. He's done a really good job."

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