CLEVELAND — The Indians and Central Division rival Kansas City own a major league-high four selections within the first 61 picks of the MLB Draft, which begins tonight at 7 p.m. in Secaucus, NJ.
Cleveland has two first-round picks — No. 21 and No. 31 — a sandwich pick prior to the second round (No. 38) and one second-round selection (No. 61).
In its mock draft, Baseball America projects the Indians taking left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University with the 21st pick, and first baseman A.J. Reed out of the University of Kentucky with their 31st selection.
Baseball America ranks Finnegan as the 18th-best overall player in the draft and the 11th best pitcher. Reed is ranked 41st overall and as the 31st-best position player.
Right-hander Zach McAllister (lower-back strain) had his first rehab appearance with Class A Lake County postponed Wednesday. He is expected to pitch for the Captains in the first game of a doubleheader tonight against Fort Wayne.
There was a possibility that McAllister would need just one rehab appearance before returning to the rotation, but manager Terry Francona said the pitcher would make another at a higher minor-league level.
Triple-A Columbus’ Danny Salazar was placed on the seven-day disabled list with
inflammation in his right elbow, but Francona said it was a minor issue.
“The way it was explained to me was that if he was with us, he would have pitched,” he said. “It’s nothing structural.”
Salazar, who went 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA before being demoted to the minors, has struggled at the Triple-A level as well. In three starts with the Clippers, Salazar is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs and three homers over just 12 2/3 innings.
Lonnie Chisenhall has been hot all season, but he’s been a bigger run producer as of late, entering Wednesday with the fourth-most RBIs (15) in the American League since May 20.
Chisenhall had driven in a run in four straight games and 14 of his last 17 through Tuesday.
The Indians are on the road for the next 10 games, opening a four-game series at Texas on Friday night (8:05).
Trevor Bauer (1-2, 3.63 ERA) starts the series finale for Cleveland, opposing RHP Yu Darvish (5-2, 2.08), while Josh Tomlin (3-2, 3.06) goes for the Indians on Saturday (4:05 p.m.) against RHP Nick Tepesch (2-1, 4.43).
Justin Masterson (3-4, 4.72) starts Sunday (3:05 p.m.) against LHP Joe Saunders (0-1, 3.68), while T.J. House (0-1, 3.79) pitches the series finale Monday (8:05 p.m.) against RHP Nick Martinez (1-1, 2.75).
A trio of High-A Carolina players — shortstop Erik Gonzalez, outfielder Anthony Gallas and LHP Ryan Merritt — have been chosen Carolina League All-Stars.
Gallas, a Strongsville High and Kent State University product who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, entered Wednesday batting .292 with a team-leading seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 52 games.
Gonzalez, an undrafted free-agent acquisition in 2008, was hitting .304 with a homer and 24 RBIs in 41 games through Tuesday.
Merritt, a 16th-round draft choice in 2011, was 6-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts through Tuesday.
Right-hander Cody Allen entered Wednesday having notched a save of one-plus inning without allowing a hit in each of his last four games. It matches the franchise-record streak last accomplished by David Riske in 2003. … Wednesday night marked the 40th anniversary of the dubious but legendary “10-cent Beer Night” at old Municipal Stadium. On that night in 1974, the Indians tied it 5-5 in the ninth inning, only to forfeit the game when fans became unruly and stole the bases — among other things.
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