Manager Manny Acta said that Matt LaPorta will play an average of five days per week while he is still recovering a bit from hip and toe surgery over the winter. The Cleveland manager also indicated that it is important for him to find his reserves some at-bats.
"We've got to get [Kearns and Marte] some at-bats and keep them fresh. Because, at this level, if you sit too long you may get a bit rusty," Acta said. "With the short night [following Thursday's 11-inning game in Chicago], this is a good time to get some new guys in the lineup."
The Indians arrived in Detroit just after 3 a.m. ET Friday morning from Chicago.