BALTIMORE: With closer Chris Perez being activated from the disabled list, the Indians’ bullpen is at full strength and each reliever can return to the role he was in before Perez hurt his shoulder.
“Everybody had to move up an inning, but we have guys who can do that,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “You hate to lose a good player, but on the other side, it gave us a chance to see a guy like [Matt] Langwell, who we like. And instead of whining about stuff, you try to make it work.”
While Perez was on the DL, Vinnie Pestano moved from setup man to closer, and Joe Smith moved from seventh-inning specialist to setup man.
Perez will return to closing immediately, but Francona will monitor his workload.
“We’ll have to pick and choose,” Francona said. “He’s not going to be in there three days in a row.”
To make room for Perez on the roster, T.J. House was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
ONE IN A ROW — Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the DL Wednesday and started at shortstop. Thursday night, he was on the bench.
“I told him before that he was not going to play today,” Francona said. “He feels fine, and he’ll play one game [of the doubleheader] tomorrow.”
ROTATING ROTATION — Trevor Bauer will be called up to start the first game of today’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, and Carlos Carrasco will be the 26th man and start the second game.
After the doubleheader, Bauer will be optioned back to Columbus, and Carrasco will return to Triple-A to finish out his 10-day stay in the minors, mandatory when a player is sent down.
KAZMIR’S BACK — The back spasms that forced Scott Kazmir out of Wednesday night’s game subsided by Thursday.
“I think they’ve calmed down and he’s feeling good,” Francona said.
There is no indication that Kazmir will miss his next start.
TV TWISTER — The first game of today’s doubleheader in Chicago will be aired by Fox SportsTime Ohio at 5 p.m. Fox also will televise the second game, and so will WKYC (Channel 3), but only after 8 p.m.
TRIVIA PURSUIT — Who is the last Tribe pitcher before Kazmir on Wednesday night to throw seven or more innings, allowing no runs and one or fewer hits? Kevin Millwood pitched eight innings, giving up one hit to the Los Angeles Angels on May 9, 2005.
FARM FACTS — Jerrud Sabourin had two doubles, and Joe Wendle hit his eighth homer of the season in Carolina’s 6-2 loss to Frederick in Class A. … Luis DeJesus (2-8, 6.06 ERA) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, as Lake County was blanked by Great Lakes 2-0 in Class A. … Clint Frazier, the Tribe’s No. 1 pick in the draft, singled three times and drove in two runs, as the Arizona League Indians lost to the Brewers 9-8. Joel Mejia doubled twice and singled.
— Sheldon Ocker