Twin bill forces Tribe to get creative with rotation

Twin bill forces Tribe to get creative with rotation

DETROIT -- The Indians' front office is always trying to find creative ways to get the most out of the team's roster. With only three active starting pitchers to begin the second half, Cleveland is at it again.

"We're trying to maximize our roster," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "[General manager] Chris Antonetti and his guys really did a good job of making this work. There was a lot of moving parts. They really did a good job."

During Thursday's optional workout at Comerica Park, Francona detailed how the ballclub plans on handling its rotation for the four-game weekend series. Trevor Bauer (Friday), Corey Kluber (Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader) and Josh Tomlin (Sunday) will cover the original three games. 

For Game 2 on Saturday, the Indians plan on promoting Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus for a start as 26th man on the Major League roster. Lefty T.J. House, who was optioned to Class A (short-season) Mahoning Valley on Friday, will then be recalled to start again for Cleveland on Monday in Minnesota.

To stay sharp, House made a start for the Scrappers on Wednesday, turning in five shutout innings with no walks, two hits and four strikeouts against Connecticut.

Cleveland will need a sixth starter for Tuesday's game in Minnesota, but Francona was not ready to reveal who might get the call. The leading candidate would seem to be right-hander Danny Salazar, who has posted a 3.00 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 19 walks in 36 innings across his most recent six starts for Columbus.

"Yes, but we haven't gotten there publicly," said Francona, when asked if Salazar was an option for Tuesday. "We need to talk to players. I have no problem telling you -- I just want to do it in the right order."

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