CLEVELAND: Zach McAllister (finger injury) will make his first rehab appearance Saturday night at the Akron Aeros then pitch at an undetermined site next week.
“He has a chance to go four innings in his first outing,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said. “He won’t throw any curveballs. But he can do that in his bullpens. In his second rehab game, he will throw curveballs.”
If McAllister suffers no setbacks, it is likely he will return to the rotation a few days after the All-Star break.
“Everything has been great,” Francona said of McAllister’s progress.
RATINGS TALK — The Indians-Tigers game on Monday drew the highest rating (8.5) on Fox SportsTime Ohio since Opening Day. It was the highest nonrated Opening Day game since Aug. 31, 2011, against the Athletics.
The average rating is up 10 percent over last year through 86 telecasts.
FARM FACTS — T.J. House (2-9, 5.42 ERA) threw six scoreless innings, giving up one hit and four walks, as Columbus blanked Indianapolis 4-0. Chun Chen and Juan Diaz each had two hits and one RBI. … Joe Colon (0-2, 4.30 ERA) gave up one earned run (four total) and four hits in five innings, as Carolina lost 4-0 to Lynchburg. … Juan Herrera had three hits in Mahoning Valley’s 12-5 loss to State College.
— Sheldon Ocker