CLEVELAND: The Indians added left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow to the roster on Saturday to bolster the bullpen.

Breslow, 37, has split the 2017 season between the Indians and Minnesota Twins organizations. The Indians signed Breslow to a minor-league free-agent contract Aug. 4. He appeared in seven games and pitched 8⅓ innings for the Indians in 2008.

“The reason he is here is to hopefully match up against some lefties,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He is a veteran guy that has done it. We are so pleased with what [Tyler] Olson has done, but when he is the only one out there, it is not always a perfect situation. ... We just don’t want to hurt him or not just hurt him but have his production tail off because we are using him too much.”

The Indians wanted to add a lefty with Andrew Miller, the ALCS MVP last year, on the disabled list. Breslow, in his 12th year in the major leagues, was on the disabled list earlier this season with a rib cage injury.

To make room for Breslow on the roster, the Indians optioned left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt, 25, to Triple-A Columbus and designated right-handed pitcher Diego Moreno, 30, for assignment.

Merritt made a spot start Friday and pitched 6⅔ shutout innings in the Indians’ 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Merritt struck out three, walked one and allowed seven hits.

Breslow appeared in 30 games for the Twins this season before being designated for assignment July 24 and released July 29 with a 1-1 record, a 5.23 ERA and 31 innings. He has also pitched for San Diego, Boston, Oakland, Arizona and Miami, and owns a career record of 23-30 and a 3.45 ERA in 566⅓ innings.

Before Saturday’s call-up to the major leagues, Breslow appeared in seven games for the Columbus Clippers and posted a .386 ERA in 4⅔ innings.

Injury update

Francona said right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin is scheduled to come off the disabled list and make a start Wednesday in New York against the Yankees.

“We have an off day after that [on Thursday], so hopefully we can get the best out of what he does and, if he starts to tire, we can go to our bullpen because we have the day off,” Francona said.

The Indians rotation for the next three days will feature Carlos Carrasco on Sunday against the Royals, Corey Kluber on Monday against the Yankees and Trevor Bauer on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Francona also provided updates on other injured Indians players.

“[Lonnie Chisenhall] is working out today, running the bases and getting after it out there,” Francona said. “He will play left field on Sunday [with the RubberDucks], and then Tuesday [with the Clippers] and Wednesday [with the Clippers]. Abe [Abraham Almonte] is gonna play Monday. I gotta figure out if he is going to Columbus also.

“Danny [Salazar] we are trying to figure out right now because we are leaving for the road tomorrow. He is nearing either a side or a sim[ulated] game. We are trying to put our heads together with [Indians pitching coach] Mickey [Callaway] and the medical staff and see what is in his best interest and where.”

The Indians entered Saturday with seven players on the 10-day disabled list — Miller, Tomlin, Chisenhall, Almonte, Salazar, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley. Cody Anderson and Boone Logan are both on the 60-day disabled list.

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