CLEVELAND: Brett Myers made his first rehab start for the Double-A Aeros on Friday night, but that does not mean he is ready to be added to the roster and return to the rotation.
“He’ll probably get two or three rehab starts, depending on how he feels and a lot of other things,” manager Terry Francona said. “He’s chomping at the bit to come back, so he feels healthy.”
Myers went on the disabled list April 20 with inflammation in his right elbow.
How the rotation will shake out is in question. If Corey Kluber continues to pitch well, will he have to forfeit his job to Myers, or does Francona have another plan?
ROSTER MOVES — Vinnie Pestano was activated from the disabled list before the game after spending 15 days on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow.
Francona wasn’t planning to use the setup man immediately in tight situations.
“If there is any rust, let him shake it off,” Francona said. “He doesn’t have to pitch in the eighth inning [right away].”
TRIVIA PURSUIT — In the past 18 games going into Friday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, the Tribe’s rotation has compiled a 12-4 record and 3.17 ERA.
FARM FACTS — Carlos Carrasco gave up one unearned run and three hits in five innings as Columbus defeated Syracuse 4-2 in Class AAA. Tim Fedroff had three hits and one RBI. … Tyler Naquin had three hits, including a triple, and one RBI as Carolina defeated Salem 5-4 in Class A. Francisco Lindor had a double and two singles.
— Sheldon Ocker