CLEVELAND: Jack Hannahan (strained calf) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and played third base Friday night.
“Having him back healthy is the main thing,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He’s not going to go out and play every day from the get-go. We want to be cautious.”
Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Lopez, both of whom can play third, remain on the roster. Does that create too much of a crowd at one position?
“Jack’s not playing every day right now,” Acta said. “Lopez and Chisenhall can play some at third and some at DH.”
Since Travis Hafner (knee surgery) is not expected to return to the lineup for at least three weeks, that arrangement is viable.
TAKING THE HIT — Lefty Scott Barnes was optioned back to Columbus, removing the extra pitcher from the bullpen.
“We like Scotty,” Acta said. “He got to come in, pitch some innings and get his feet wet. Once we got [Esmil] Rogers, he had to go down. It had nothing to do with yesterday. He was the guy who was going.”
Barnes gave up five hits and five runs in one-third of an inning against the Reds on Thursday. He pitched in four games for the Tribe.
SIZEMORE BACK ON PROGRAM — Acta said that Grady Sizemore (knee surgery) was “ramping up again. He’s doing running drills, but we have no timetable for him.”
The training staff had backed Sizemore off running when he reported excessive soreness.
FARM FACTS — Corey Kluber (5-6, 3.73 ERA) threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and a walk, as Columbus beat Gwinnett 4-0. Russ Canzler hit his fourth homer of the season, a grand slam. ... Jesus Aguilar doubled and singled in Carolina’s 4-3 loss to Salem. ... Jordan Smith had four hits and Jerrud Sabourin had three plus two RBI in Lake County’s 9-7 loss to Salem in 13 innings.
— Sheldon Ocker