ANAHEIM, CALIF: With the Indians saddled with a losing streak and not playing well consistently in any phase of the game, today’s off day will benefit more than the ailing Jason Kipnis.

It seems like all of the players could use a day to recharge mentally and physically.

“I think it’s a good time for an off day to get away from the field,” Kipnis said. “Let some sore bodies heal up and get to come back to a home game.”

DAY OF REST FOR BRANTLEY — Indians manager Terry Francona gave Nick Swisher the day off Tuesday, although he said it had nothing to do with the costly fielding error the first baseman committed in the eighth-inning of the previous night’s loss.

Swisher did end up appearing in the game, when he was called on to pinch hit in the ninth inning.

Francona said it was a nod to Swisher’s previous success against Angels closer Joe Smith. However, Smith — the Indians’ former setup man — went on to strike out his former teammate and earn his second consecutive save against the team he was with for five years.

Wednesday, it was Michael Brantley’s turn to get a scheduled day off, even though the left fielder snapped an 0-for-17 streak Tuesday with a sixth-inning double.

Francona admitted that when he was a young manager, he might have been tempted to change his mind about sitting Brantley with Kipnis already out of the lineup.

“When a player needs a day off, he needs a day off,” Francona said. “I don’t think it’s right, and then you start chasing your tail. Just because somebody else got hurt, it doesn’t make [Brantley’s] legs feel any better.”

FAMILY FEUD — When the Angels challenged an Indians double play in the fifth inning Tuesday that ended the inning and allowed starting pitcher Corey Kluber to wiggle out of another jam, the man behind the call was actually Francona’s son.

Nick Francona joined the Angels’ staff in the offseason and one of his roles is serving as the club’s video replay man. When an umpire’s call looks incorrect, it’s his job to alert the manager and coaches in the dugout.

“Yeah, I thought that was kind of weak on his part,” Terry Francona joked. “He may work for [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia, but he’s my son.”

Truth be told, there’s nowhere else the elder Francona would like to have his son — regardless for which team his rooting interests might lie. Before Nick Francona, 28, was hired as the Angels’ coordinator of major league information, he served as commander of a Marine Corps brigade.

“He had a great job and was making good money,” Terry Francona said. “[But] he decided he wanted to follow what he was passionate about, so I’m really proud of him. It’s actually kind of a comforting feeling knowing you have your son 50 yards away. I’m not sure exactly where he is, but I’ll tell you what, it sure beats the hell out of being in Afghanistan.”

— Stephanie Storm