Indians manager Terry Francona wants to be clear: He’s not opposed to General Manager Chris Antonetti making a trade to upgrade the roster, but if he doesn’t, Francona is more than content to go with what he has down the stretch.
“I don’t get too caught up in all the rumors,” Francona said Saturday. “I have an inside view of what’s going on, so I know what’s not going on.
“I enjoy this team. Chris always is trying to make us better; that’s his job. But I really enjoy the team. There have been a couple of times when I couldn’t say that, but that wasn’t this team.”
How much input does Francona have in discussing possible deals with Antonetti?
“I talk to him so much that it’s not like we have to have a meeting,” the manager said. “”We might talk about 20 different things, so I pretty much know what he wants.
“One thing I don’t want to do is really press him. There are some prospects in the minors that I don’t want to lose, and I know that he doesn’t either.”
GOOD TO GO — Francona made it official Saturday: Zach McAllister will come off the disabled list to rejoin the rotation Tuesday night against the Mariners in Seattle.
“He’s all set, good to go,” Francona said after McAllister threw a bullpen session. “He’s done a really good job of being patient. We impressed on him that if he did it right, he would be able to continue with his progress instead of fiddling around and having this be a problem.”
Since June 8, McAllister has been on the disabled list with what has been described as a strained right middle finger. But the injury could have turned into something more serious if not for serious attention to letting it heal totally.
KEEPING IT GOING — The pairing of Scott Kazmir and Yan Gomes worked again Friday night, even though the Tribe lost the game on two unearned runs.
“I’ve never been big on doing that, because of what it can do to the lineup,” Francona said, referring to a pitcher having a personal catcher. “But Gomes does such a good job. So for the foreseeable future, we’re going to keep doing it when we can.”
He emphasized to Gomes that if he is going through a slump, he can’t afford to take his feelings out to the field.
“I’ve told him 10 times that he can’t show frustration if he hasn’t been going well offensively,” the manager said. “If you truly want to run a staff, you have to take care of your own frustration.”
FARM FACTS — Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-5, 4.26 ERA) gave up one run and seven hits in six innings, in Columbus’ 7-2 win over Lehigh Valley. Jeremy Hermida had three hits and two RBI, and Juan Diaz hit his sixth homer of the season. ... Shawn Morimando (6-9, 2.88 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out six, as Carolina beat Winston-Salem 4-0. Joe Wendle and Paddy Matera each had two hits and one RBI. ... Eric Haase hit his 11th homer of the year and singled in Lake County’s 4-1 loss to Cedar Rapids. ... Luis Lugo threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, as Mahoning Valley defeated Brooklyn 2-1. ... Gerald Bautista doubled twice and drove in a run as the Arizona League Indians beat the Mariners 10-2.