CLEVELAND: Indians manager Terry Francona shared earlier this week that he’s typically not the type to campaign for his players to make All-Star teams.

Yet Friday, Francona sounded like he could have been Michael Brantley’s biggest fan as he gushed about the defensive prowess of the Tribe’s left fielder.

“He’s eliminated a lot of rallies with his defense,” Francona said of Brantley’s major-league leading six outfield assists. ‘‘Some balls, when they go up, and I’m in the dugout and can’t see real good. So I’m watching the runner and I’m like, ‘[Darn], he did it again!’ Then I’ll go back and watch it later — because it’s fun.”

Brantley also carried an 18-game home hitting streak, tied for the longest in the history of Progressive Field, into Friday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

BACK ON THE HILL — Indians pitcher Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA), on the disabled list with a sore back, threw 60 pitches in a simulated game two hours before batting practice Friday. Two minor-leaguers from Class-A Lake County, Shane Rowland (a catcher drafted in the 20th round last year out of the University of Miami) and Brian Ruiz (an outfielder that was a 41st-round draft pick in 2011 out of Cleveland’s Lincoln West High School), came over so McAllister could face live hitters.

If all goes to plan, McAllister could make a rehab start Wednesday. If so, it would have to come in Eastlake, as the Captains are the Tribe’s only minor-league affiliate scheduled to be home at that time.

ACHING KNEES — Nick Swisher’s rehab is currently in the amphibious stage. The Tribe’s first baseman has been confined to rehabbing his sore knees in water in an effort to keep undue pressure off his aching joints. Although he was put on the disabled list earlier this week for his left knee, Swisher’s right knee had been giving him problems, as well. If everything goes well over the weekend, Francona said Swisher should start land-based drills Monday.

— Stephanie Storm