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Salazar slated for finale as House heads to bullpen

Salazar slated for finale as House heads to bullpen

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have been shuffling their rotation for much of the second half, and that will continue with the current series against the Orioles.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona announced Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start on Sunday against Baltimore. As a result, left-hander T.J. House (originally slated to start Sunday) will temporarily shift to the bullpen.

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The timing of House's next start is somewhat dependent on Corey Kluber's upcoming schedule. With a scheduled off-day on Monday, Kluber could come back on normal rest to start on Wednesday or he could start Thursday with an extra day of rest.

"We just think it makes sense after Klubes pitches [Friday], to check with him [Saturday], see how he's feeling, see what's in his best interest physically, and then we'll kind of work off that," Francona said. "It's really easy to say, 'You've got a guy hot, let's pitch him every time we can.'

"I think we need to use some common sense, and if he is good to pitch, good. But if an extra day helps, we'll do it."

Salazar, 24, was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 7 after allowing five runs (all on two home runs) in four innings of a loss to the Reds on Aug. 6. At the time, the Indians indicated that the hard-throwing righty would make one start in the Minors before possibly returning to Cleveland after Monday's off-day.

That schedule has changed for Salazar, who held Lehigh Valley to one earned run on five hits over seven innings on Tuesday. The righty struck out nine, issued no walks and logged 96 pitches in the outing. Salazar is 4-5 with a 4.88 ERA in 12 starts for the Tribe this season, but has gone 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in his four most recent starts in the big leagues.

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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