CLEVELAND — It’s official. Roberto Hernandez will make his season debut Wednesday, starting against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Manager Manny Acta confirmed as much Saturday.
Hernandez served the final game of his three-week suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday, the same day he made his fourth and final minor league rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus.
The right-hander, who missed the first four months of the season while dealing with the aftermath from false identity charges, is expected to take the rotation spot of left-hander Chris Seddon.
Seddon, who was effective in his second start of the season Friday night, is out of minor league options and will have to clear waivers if he is designated for assignment. The Indians could also move him to the bullpen and option right-hander Frank Herrmann back to Columbus.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis (stiff neck) missed his third straight game, and according to Acta, will not be in the lineup today for the series finale with Boston.
It was expected to be a minor ailment for Kipnis, who will be examined by team doctors today.
Acta said he didn’t believe Travis Hafner’s lower-back issues would end the designated hitter’s season.
Hafner was placed on the disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to Monday) and is eligible for activation Aug. 21. An MRI performed Friday revealed no structural damage, with Hafner receiving what could be the first of three epidural injections after.
MLB Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame prior to the game. Perry won the first of his two Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 1972. Cleveland also inducted Jimmy Warfield and Jack Graney into the Hall for non-uniformed personnel. Warfield was a trainer from 1965-2002, while Graney played for the Indians from 1908-22 before returning as a radio announcer from 1933-53. … Today, 1:05, STO/WTAM 1100-AM. Kluber (0-0, 6.10) vs. Lester (5-10, 5.36).
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