December 21, 2014

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Indians Notes: Zach McAllister to make rehab start Wednesday

Zach McAllister

Zach McAllister

CLEVELAND — Zach McAllister is nearing a return to the rotation.

The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since May 22 with a lower-back strain, is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab appearance Wednesday for Class A Lake County.

McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA in 10 starts) threw a simulated game Friday at Progressive Field, and could need just one rehab outing before rejoining the starting staff.

Left-hander T.J. House has been filling in for McAllister, going 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts since being promoted from Triple-A Columbus. House is expected to be optioned back to Columbus when McAllister is ready to return.

McAllister began the season 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his first four starts, but has allowed four or more runs in five of his last six outings.

Lineup logistics

  • Lonnie Chisenhall’s debut start at first base Sunday was without incident. The Indians are trying to find more ways to get the red-hot Chisenhall (.361, three home runs, 16 RBIs in 44 games) on the field. He has also worked out in the outfield but has yet to make an appearance there.
  • With Carlos Santana on the concussion list, second baseman Jason Kipnis hit cleanup for the third time in the series finale. Kipnis is not expected to play tonight, as he works his way back from an oblique strain that sidelined him for nearly a month.

Fun fact

Batting eight and ninth, Chisenhall and Mike Aviles combined to drive in all of Cleveland’s runs in a 7-6 victory over the Rockies on Saturday.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the second time since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920 that a team scored seven or more runs with all of them being driven in by starters in the No. 8 and No. 9 spots — or both.

The only other time it has happened is when Boston’s Mike Greenwell, the father of former Indians minor leaguer Bo, drove in all nine runs from the eighth spot in a 10-inning win over the Mariners in 1996.

Next up

The Indians cap the homestand with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox that begins tonight at 7:05.

Justin Masterson (2-4, 5.21 ERA) opens the set, opposing RHP John Lackey (6-3, 3.27), while House (0-1, 4.05) starts for Cleveland on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.50).

Corey Kluber (6-3, 3.04) goes for the Indians in the series finale Wednesday (7:05 p.m.), while the Red Sox counter with RHP Brandon Workman (0-0, 3.24).

Minor details

Here’s a look at Cleveland’s minor league leaders through Saturday:

Batting average — Tyler Holt (Columbus) .357; Paul Hendrix (Lake County) .342; Tyler Naquin (Double-A Akron) .303; Erik Gonzalez (Class A Carolina) .302.

Home runs — Eric Haase (Lake County) 10; Giovanny Urshela (Columbus) 8; Jesus Aguilar (Columbus) 7; Anthony Gallas (Carolina) 7; Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County) 7.

RBIs — Urshela 36; Francisco Lindor (Akron) 32; Jeremy Lucas (Carolina) 29; Bryan LaHair (Akron) 28.

ERA — Robbie Aviles (Lake County) 1.45; Ryan Merritt (Carolina) 1.71; Trevor Bauer (Columbus) 2.15; Joseph Colon (Akron) 2.30.

Roundin’ third

  • Josh Tomlin’s strikeout of DJ LeMahieu to end the fourth inning made the Indians the first team in the majors to record 500 strikeouts.
  • Cleveland committed its major league-leading 56th error in their 57th game.
  • The Indians are 8-8-2 in 18 series this season. The Indians are 5-4 in interleague play this year and own an all-time mark of 153-159 (86-69 at home).

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7136 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him @CAwesomeheimer on Twitter.

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