DETROIT — The Indians still have a number of things to work through in terms of how they'll replace Mike Clevinger in the starting rotation for a significant portion of this season.

At least for the short term, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti on Thursday announced that Jefry Rodriguez will be making Saturday's start in Kansas City.

Rodriguez was acquired from the Washington Nationals this offseason in the Yan Gomes trade. Last season, he had a 5.71 ERA in 52 innings in what was his first major-league action. In his lone start with Triple-A this season, Rodriguez allowed three earned runs on seven hits to go with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

"Jefry continues to make really good progress on his developmental path, and he’s getting off to a good start in Columbus," Antonetti said. "We feel he’s best positioned to come up and give us a chance to win."

Antonetti added that after Saturday's start, the Indians will reassess their options, meaning Rodriguez is only penciled in for one start. The Indians have two off days coming up, one on the 18th and another on the 22nd, that give them some flexibility and less need for a fifth starter.

Adam Plutko, who would normally be the go-to option to replace any of the starting five in the rotation has been dealing with a forearm strain and, according to Antonetti, is still a few weeks away from beginning game activities. Danny Salazar, meanwhile, is throwing bullpen sessions but still a ways off from being an option. Their situations, along with Cody Anderson still coming back from Tommy John, have complicated matters.

"It’s definitely testing our pitching depth," Antonetti said. "Obviously, we felt our starting pitching was a strength of the team and the organization coming into the season, but that’s been tested with some of the injuries we’ve faced. But that’s not atypical for any organization, and it’s something we try our best to plan for."

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