CLEVELAND: Jeanmar Gomez was called up from Triple-A Columbus to take Shelley Duncan’s place on the roster Wednesday, giving the Indians eight relievers.
“Our bullpen is a little short right now, and we don’t want to push anybody,” manager Manny Acta said. “So Jeanmar is going to pitch out of the pen.”
Gomez is a career starter. He began the season with the Indians, posting a 4-7 record and 5.18 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) before being optioned to Triple-A on June 23. At Columbus, he was 6-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts.
“For now, we’re not anticipating going to a six-man rotation,” Acta said. “If there’s an opportunity later, we could give Jeanmar one or two starts.
“Gomez was up and down in Triple-A, and lately he had a couple of rocky starts. But he’s up here with Ruben, who can help him.”
Ruben Niebla, who replaced Scott Radinsky as pitching coach earlier in the month, was the pitching coach at Columbus.
“I went down there and worked on my fastball command,” Gomez said. “That’s the main thing.”
HERNANDEZ PASSES TEST — Roberto Hernandez’s sprained right ankle was not an issue when he threw a bullpen session Wednesday, so he has been cleared to start Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
“He threw 35 pitches,” Acta said. “He’s ready to go.”
ANOTHER MOVE — The Tribe claimed reliever Scott Maine from the Chicago Cubs and assigned him to Columbus.
A 27-year-old left-hander, Maine was with the Cubs three different times this year, posting a 1-1 record and 4.79 ERA in 21 appearances, walking 12 and striking out 26 in 20? innings. Left-handers batted .130 against him.
“He’s got a good arm with a fastball up to 94,” Acta said. “He’s had some issues with his command. Maybe he can be a good matchup pitcher. He’s an interesting guy.”
CHISENHALL CLOSE — Lonnie Chisenhall (fractured right wrist) might be sent on a rehab assignment beginning next week. He probably would go to the Aeros.
FARM FACTS — Eric Berger pitched 5? shutout innings, giving up three hits, as Columbus defeated Louisville 2-0. Vinny Rottino had three hits and Jared Goedert hit his 14th home run of the season. … Michael Goodnight gave up one run and three hits in five innings in Carolina’s 4-1 loss to Potomac in Class A. Giovanny Urshela had three hits, including a double, and Ronny Rodriguez hit his 19th homer of the year.
— Sheldon Ocker