CHICAGO: The dates of the next starts of Carlos Carrasco and Scott Kazmir are uncerain; they depend on making sure that Kazmir's back spasms have disappeared.
Kazmir left his last start with back spasms, and the Tribe reported that he felt much better the next day or two. But with an off day Monday, manager Terry Francona has the flexibility to keep Kazmir in his regular turn (Tuesday) or moving him back a day.
Carrasco has returned to Columbus to finish out his 10-day stay (he is eligible to return July 6.
Asked when Carrasco will start, Francona said, ""That's to be detemrined. We want to look at Kasmir (to make sure his spasms are gone). Because of the off day, we can do different things. And after today, we can map out what we want to do.''
Because relievers pitched 9 2/3 innings and threw a 212 pitches in Friday’s doubleheader, reinforcements were summoned from Columbus.
Joe Martinez, ordinarily a starter, joined the team today just in case the club needed a reliever to throw three or four innings.
“”I don’t know how long he’ll be here,’’ Francona said, “”but he can give us some length.’’
The Clippers were playing in Norfolk, Va., and Martinez left to catch his plane at 6 a.m.
“”I’d rather be here with no sleep than in Triple-A with plenty of sleep,’’ Martinez said.
In 15 starts with the Clippers, Martinez, 30, was 2-6 with a 6.23 ERA. He has pitched in 10 major-league games (six starts) with the Giants, Pirates and Diamondbacks.