Indians rotation begins to take shape for rest of road trip

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar (31) delivers in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

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DETROIT — The Indians have set their rotation through Thursday, but just like the current series with the Tigers, it will require a little bit of shuffling.

T.J. House will start Monday’s series opener in Minnesota with Danny Salazar slated to go on Tuesday and Trevor Bauer on Wednesday. Corey Kluber will take the hill for Thursday’s opener of a four-game set at Kansas City while Friday will be either Justin Masterson or Zach McAllister.

Masterson is pitching for Columbus tonight in a rehab start against Indianapolis. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 8 due to inflammation in his right knee. McAllister is eligible to be recalled on Friday after being sent down to the minors last Tuesday.

"We have to see how everyone is doing. We told Zac we would communicate with him and let him know what is going on," manager Terry Francona said. "We had this worked out for awhile and you can’t announce it before talking to guys. I thought Chris (general manager Chris Antonetti) and all the player development people over the break handled it and were organized. It was worked out real well."

Salazar would make his first Major League start since May 15. In his eight starts before being optioned to Columbus, the right-hander was 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA. In 10 starts with the Clippers, Salazar is 3-6 with a 4.02 ERA but in his past four is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA. During that span he also has 15 walks and 32 strikeouts.

To accommodate House and Salazar, the moves would be made from the bullpen. During the Detroit series, the Indians carried 10 relievers.

CONFIDENCE IN CARRASCO: After retiring the heart of the Tigers lineup in the eighth inning during Saturday’s second game of a doubleheader, Carlos Carrasco continues gain the trust and confidence of Francona.

"He’s earned that. You always have in the back of your mind that he has length (innings) and maybe sometimes you don’t pitch him because of that," Francona said. "I think he deserves to be in the mix where the game is on the line and it seems like he is pitching better like that which is great."

In his last 12 outings, Carrasco is 3-0 with one save and an ERA of 0.89. He has allowed only two earned runs in 20 1/3 innings pitched with 20 strikeouts and only two walks. Opponents are batting just .143 against him.

Overall in 20 appearances since being moved to the bullpen, Carrasco has a 1.57 ERA while opponents have hit just .180. In his four starts before being sent to the pen in late April, the right-hander was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA as opponents had a batting average of .286.

"I just come in and do my job. Now they give me the opportunity to do that, I will continue to do that," Carrasco said. "I feel happy that I earned more responsibility; that makes me feel good."

LEGENDARY VISIT: Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline was in the Indians’ clubhouse before the game to say hello to Francona and Ryan Raburn.