CLEVELAND: The Indians are having a difficult time keeping their rotation together.
First, Scott Kazmir suffered a strained rib cage, then Trevor Bauer imploded as a spot starter and now Carlos Carrasco has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
Brett Myers, scheduled to start Wednesday, relieved Carrasco and worked 5⅓ innings Tuesday, so he can’t start until Sunday. Corey Kluber was called up from Triple-A to pitch Wednesday night, but the game was postponed because of rain.
The new plan calls for Zach McAllister to start tonight and skip Kluber.
“This gives us multiple ways to go to keep things in order,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “This way, we can do whatever we need to do to get everyone going in the right direction.”
NOW WHAT? — Fans who purchased tickets for Wednesday night’s rained-out game with the New York Yankees should hang on to their tickets. No makeup date has been announced, but if there are no glitches in the next few weeks, the game will be made up May 13.
The Yankees will have an off day after coming from Kansas City and will begin a home series against the Seattle Mariners on May 14. The Tribe will make a one-day trip to Progressive Field after playing a weekend series in Detroit then begin a two-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia on May 14.
IN HIS DEFENSE — Myers was strafed for seven runs and 11 hits Tuesday night, but Francona said those numbers might give a false impression.
“Brett is not the power pitcher he was 10 years ago,” Francona said. “So he doesn’t have as much wiggle room as he used to. And he saved our bullpen.”
FAREWELL TOUR — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has announced that this will be his last season. To show his appreciation to the opposing clubs, including the Indians, he is signing 25 baseballs to be handed out to various front-office personnel.
FARM FACTS — Bryson Myles homered, doubled, singled and drove in five runs, as Carolina routed Wilmington 12-1 in Class A. Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor also had three hits apiece. Cody Anderson (2-0, 1.64 ERA) gave up one run and five hits in five innings.
— Sheldon Ocker