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Kluber set to start Saturday

Manager Terry Francona never got a chance to institute Plan A, which would have had Corey Kluber ‘‘piggyback’’ on top of Scott Kazmir’s start against the Mets on Friday night.

Kluber is ready to leave the disabled list after missing four weeks with a sprained right middle finger. But he will not have an opportunity to stretch out his arm on a rehab assignment, because the minor-league season is over.

Consequently, his exposure on the mound will be limited.

‘‘Kluber will start Saturday,’’ Francona said. ‘‘There will be no piggybacking Friday night. He’ll probably be limited to 75-80 pitches.’’

But that number is not etched in stone. It depends on whether Kluber endures one or more stressful innings and the game situation.

RABURN READY — Ryan Raburn (sore Achilles) was activated from the DL but isn’t totally healthy.

‘‘He’s not 100 percent,’’ Francona said. ‘‘But it’s nice to have his bat back and to have him on the bench as a threat. I did watch him run the bases today, and he did pretty good.’’

WHAT WILL HE DO? — Francona is willing to use Josh Tomlin in the bullpen, but he won’t let him get up and down warming up multiple times.

Tomlin, coming off elbow reconstruction surgery, also is a candidate to start.

‘‘There might be an opportunity for him to start,’’ the manager said. ‘‘He’s been pounding the strike zone [in rehab starts]. His last outing was really good; I think he gave up one hit.

‘‘But even though he can pitch when it counts now, he’ll still be feeling his way through things. I think next year, you’ll see what he can really do.’’

FARM FACTS — Chen Chen had four hits and one RBI, as Columbus ended its season with an 8-7 win over Toledo. Matt LaPorta hit his 10th homer of the year. … Joe Colon (5-3, 3.13 ERA) gave up one unearned run and two hits in six innings, as Carolina beat Myrtle Beach 2-1 in the season finale. Joe Wendle had two hits and drove in both runs. … Leo Castillo hit his sixth homer and singled in Lake County’s season-ending 10-2 loss to Bowling Green.

— Sheldon Ocker


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