CLEVELAND: Trevor Bauer had a couple of tough outings for Triple-A Columbus recently, but Indians manager Terry Francona isn’t alarmed.
“It’s probably just normal inconsistency of guys at that level,” he said. “We’ve also talked to guys down there about using certain pitches.”
In other words, Bauer might be throwing a particular pitch to increase its effectiveness rather than to try to get a batter out.
Bauer also has been trying to overhaul his mechanics since spring training.
“Last year, a groin injury kind of messed him up,” Francona said. “He definitely is working on a change in his delivery. He said in spring training that he was as uncomfortable as he’s ever been. But he’s excited about where he’s at now.”
NO PLACE LIKE IT — The Indians have been tough at home (17-10) in contrast to the road (12-14), which is to be expected.
“I would hope we get excited about every game,” Francona said. “But when you’re at home, getting the last at-bat is a big advantage, and it gives you an opportunity to use your bullpen in a different way. Plus you’re supposed to win at home.”
MINOR DEAL — The Tribe signed right-hander Chris Jakubauskas to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Columbus.
Jakubauskas, 34, began the season at Nashville, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, and posted a 3.29 ERA in 13? innings of relief and was released May 21.
In 69 major-league appearances, Jakubauskas is 8-10 with a 5.58 ERA, playing for the Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.
FARM FACTS — Jeremy Hermida homered and singled three times in Columbus’ 4-1 loss to Louisville. … Joe Wendle hit his fourth homer of the season and Bo Greenwell and Luigi Rodriguez each had two hits in Carolina’s 4-3 loss to Wilmington in Class A. … Ryan Merritt (3-4, 3.11 ERA) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, as Lake County beat Bowling Green 6-1 in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker