CLEVELAND: Carlos Santana (sore left thumb) caught a bullpen session Thursday and swung the bat in the indoor cages.
“That’s a great sign,” manager Terry Francona said. “I asked if he had a choice, when would he play? He said tomorrow. That’s not going to happen, but it means things are moving along for him.”
Francona said earlier that if Santana can at least come off the bench and catch, one of the two others who were called up — Yan Gomes or Omir Santos — would be optioned back to Triple-A Columbus.
Two catchers were summoned from Columbus because backup catcher Lou Marson also is out with a strained neck after being involved in a collision at the plate.
KAZMIR ON TRACK — Scott Kazmir (strained rib cage) is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, but he might not be ready to start a game by then.
“He won’t [be activated)] then but only because we have to fit him into the rotation,” Francona said. “It will be shortly after that.”
RAINED OUT OF THE ROTATION? — Corey Kluber was called up from Columbus to start Wednesday night’s game, which was rained out. It is not clear whether he will get another start.
“Right now, he’s in the bullpen,” Francona said.
With an off day coming up Monday, and Kazmir likely to be activated sometime next week, Francona might not need Kluber to start.
TWO IN A ROW — For the second consecutive night, the Tribe and New York Yankees were rained out.
Though no announcement was made, both games likely will be made up May 13 as a conventional doubleheader.
Anyone holding tickets to either Wednesday or Thursday night’s games should hang onto the tickets and wait for further information.
The Indians’ rotation will look like this the next several days: Justin Masterson will start tonight against the Chicago White Sox, followed by Zach McAllister, Brett Myers and after Monday’s off day, Ubaldo Jimenez will open a series against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night.
THE COLOR AND PAGEANTRY — Francona was asked if players can be thrown off their game by long waits during rain delays.
“That’s the extremely glamorous part of baseball,” he said. “One thing they don’t have to do is sit in airports anymore [because of charter flights]. Now they sit on the tarmac or the bus. And they might as well smile, because that’s just part of it. That’s the way it is.”
FARM FACTS — Five pitchers combined for a shutout, as Columbus beat Louisville 5-0. Matt Langwell threw three innings, allowing two hits, and Matt Capps and Scott Barnes each pitched two innings, giving up one hit apiece.
— Sheldon Ocker