Indians right-hander Zach McAllister (sprained finger) probably is through making rehab starts in the minors.
“What we’re going to do is let him throw a side in a couple of days then make a final decision,” manager Terry Francona said Friday. “We’ll see how he bounces back.
“We don’t have to make a decision today. But I think we’re all in agreement that this is probably going to happen.”
That is, McAllister will be back in the rotation soon, probably Tuesday in Seattle. The Tribe does not have a starter listed for that day.
If McAllister returns Tuesday night against the Mariners, he will have gone 50 days without pitching in the big leagues.
NOTHING PERSONAL — Scott Kazmir and Yan Gomes are becoming a team within a team.
Francona has taken note that in six starts with Carlos Santana behind the plate, Kazmir is 1-3 with a 7.39 ERA. In 10 starts with Gomes as his catcher, Kazmir is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA.
Part of this discrepancy might be attributed to the fact that most of Santana’s games were early in the season, when Kazmir was searching for consistency after two years of seldom facing big-league hitters.
But Gomes and Kazmir also seem to be an effective team.
“Gomes and Kazmir really have meshed well,” Francona said. “I would like to keep them together if possible.”
They were together again Friday night.
TRYING TO HANG IN THERE — Brett Myers (elbow inflammation) still doesn’t know when he will be permitted to throw again.
“He’s down for right now,’’ Francona said. “We want to give him another shot, but it’s getting to be the time of year when that gets tougher. Right now, he’s not throwing, and there is no date for him to start.”
Asked if surgery was in Myers’ future, Francona said, “At his age, he doesn’t want to do that.”
If Myers does come back this season, he will be used in the bullpen rather than in the rotation.
FARM FACTS — In what will likely be his last rehab start, McAllister pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits, as Columbus defeated Lehigh Valley 3-2 in Class AAA. … Bryson Myles hit his sixth home run of the season, driving in three runs, as Carolina beat Winston-Salem 5-2 in 14 innings in Class A. Cody Anderson gave up one earned run (two total) and seven hits in six innings. ... Joe Sever hit his fifth homer of the year, doubled and singled, driving in four runs, as Lake County lost to Cedar Rapids 9-7 in Class A. Anthony Santander and Yhoxian Medina also homered. ... James Roberts had three hits in Mahoning Valley’s 6-2 win over Brooklyn in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker