CLEVELAND: Several decisions remain regarding the Indians postseason roster and its construction, particularly with the pitching staff.

Danny Salazar is trying to leave the Indians with no choice in the matter.

It is already known that Mike Clevinger will be in the bullpen. That leaves either Josh Tomlin or Salazar as a potential Game 4 starting pitcher. The first question is who gets the nod for that start. The next question is what to do with the pitcher who isn’t named a starter. Does he go to the bullpen or get left off the roster entirely?

When Clevinger was named a member of the bullpen, it seemed most likely that Tomlin would be the fourth starting pitcher. Salazar has struggled to remain healthy and has been lengthening out to a starter’s workload.

The Indians met for roughly two hours on Wednesday to discuss the postseason roster. If anything was set during that meeting, Salazar might have blown up those plans — or at least muddied them — by firing 4⅔ scoreless innings and striking out nine batters on 64 pitches.

“I thought Danny looked great,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That was really, really encouraging. He worked ahead. He had a good off-speed, whether it was a changeup or breaking ball. And had dominant stuff. That was exciting to see.”

Salazar would be able to throw a side session prior to a possible Game 4 start in the American League Division Series. And with Clevinger available, not being able to throw 100 pitches might not be as big of a deterrent as it could be in other situations.

It likely didn’t lower the perception of Tomlin on the postseason roster as much as it might have elevated Salazar’s, at least in some capacity. When Salazar is on, he can be as electric as nearly any pitcher in the league, with Wednesday’s start serving as a reminder of that.

“And I’m not sure it makes the decision tough,” Francona said. “I think what it does is it gives us options to do things. I don’t ever want guys to not do well so, ‘Oh man, it makes your decision easy.’ We want our guys to play well, all of them, whoever it is.”

Salazar repeated what he had said earlier in the month, that his role doesn’t matter. After missing out on nearly all of last season’s postseason run, he wants to be a part of it in some way. He’s done well to make his case.

“I just want to be in a spot for the playoffs,” Salazar said. “If it’s in the starting rotation, that’s fine. If it’s in the bullpen, that’s fine. I just want to play and help my team win.”

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com.