CHICAGO -- The Indians made a series of moves on Friday due to the extra roster spot afforded to the team during its doubleheader in Chicago. Indians No. 2 prospect Trevor Bauer was called up for a spot start in Game 1 on Friday, and reliever Nick Hagadone was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
"I actually think this is kind of good for [Bauer]," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It kind of breaks his progression and he comes up here and knows he's here for one. He can go ahead and compete. I think he's comfortable with us. We all know him from Spring Training and everything."
The Indians will send down Bauer in the 20-30 minutes between the first and second games and activate reliever Matt Langwell, who was in the clubhouse with the team Friday morning.
Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco will serve as the team's 26th man on Friday's roster and will start the second game of the doubleheader before he's sent down following his outing. Francona said the plan is for Carrasco to rejoin the team five days later for his usual spot in the rotation.
"We're just trying to maximize everything," Francona said. "This is more a logistics thing. We're able to get an extra player. That's the reason."
Hagadone was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 25 innings with the Indians this season. He'd thrown two straight scoreless outings before he was sent down, and he posted a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings since June 4.
"We tried to explain that to him last night, amidst the disappointment when he sat down, to please take away all the positives, because there's no ceiling for him," Francona said. "This guy can be as good as he wants. He's got everything. I told him, 'There's going to be a day when you're not the guy with options, or you're pitching so well you're not going to be in this position.' We want that to happen."
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.