{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

McAllister closer to returning to action

|
McAllister closer to returning to action play video for McAllister closer to returning to action

KANSAS CITY -- Zach McAllister made a successful rehab start Tuesday, and the Indians starter looks poised to join the team soon.

McAllister, who went on the disabled list May 22 with a strained lower back, pitched six innings at Triple-A Columbus, allowing two runs and three hits, while striking out six.

"It sounds like, as the game went [along], he started to throwing better, which is a good sign," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Nothing came from medical, [there weren't] any red flags or anything, I think he did fine."

Francona said McAllister will fly into Boston for the Indians' next series, at which point, McAllister, Francona and his staff will work out a plan to ease him back into action.

"We'll sit with him, and we want to work through where we want to insert him, where it best suits us," Francona said. "We've got, obviously, a few things to look at. We spent some time on it today, and we'll continue to and then we'll figure it out."

McAllister struggled in first 10 starts of the season, posting a 5.89 ERA in 47 1/3 innings.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com.Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español