Indians-Tigers series opener postponed

Justin Masterson, who was scheduled to go on Thursday, will now take the hill on Friday against Toronto to kick off a seven-game homestand.

DETROIT — For the third time in two weeks, an Indians game has been postponed.

The Tribe’s series opener at Detroit was called off due to inclement weather throughout the Midwest. Snow was falling at Comerica Park a couple hours before the scheduled first pitch and the forecasted low was supposed to be 25 degrees.

"When I came out of the hotel and I hate to say this, I was almost relieved because it was cold," Terry Francona said. "When it’s this cold, there’s a reason for calling it off."


Unlike the previous two postponements, when there were doubleheaders to close the series, this one will not be made up this week. The Indians return to Detroit July 18-20, which is the first series after the all-star break, and there’s a four-game set Sept. 1-4.

Francona will push back his starters a day with Zach McAllister going on Wednesday and Danny Salazar on Thursday. Justin Masterson, who was scheduled to go on Thursday, will now take the hill on Friday against Toronto to kick off a seven-game homestand. Carlos Carrasco will be available for bullpen duty on Wednesday and Thursday with his next start pushed back to Sunday.

Anibal Sanchez, who was supposed to go on Tuesday, will have his start pushed back a day while Justin Verlander will remain Thursday’s starter. Drew Smyly was Wednesday’s scheduled starter before the postponement.

Last year the Indians had four April postponements with only one made up during the same series.

Added Masterson about Tuesday’s postponement: "I’m sure not too many fans wanted to come and sit and watch a game for that long in that amount of cold with the wind chill. I’m sure we could have played but it wouldn’t have been that fun. Might as well move it to nicer weather."