CLEVELAND — Wednesday’s rainout will delay right-hander Zach McAllister’s return to the rotation.
McAllister was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and was scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale, but the Indians elected to move their rotation back once Wednesday’s game was postponed.
That means McAllister, who has been sidelined since May 22 with a lower-back strain, will be available out of the bullpen, possibly returning to a starting role Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Indians have off days Monday and Thursday with a two-game series (Tuesday and Wednesday) at Arizona sandwiched between. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that he would meet with his coaching staff after Thursday’s series finale with the Angels to decide how the club would line up its rotation.
McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA in 10 starts) began the season strong, posting a 3-0 record and 2.28 ERA over his first four starts. But he struggled in six outings prior to being placed on the injured list, allowing at least four runs in five of the starts.
McAllister has made three minor league rehab appearances, tossing six innings in his last outing with Triple-A Columbus.
Michael Brantley (mild concussion) took part in pregame activities Thursday and was scheduled to do the same today.
The left fielder, who has missed two games since sustaining the injury Monday, told reporters Wednesday that he had no timetable for his return, but Francona said it was realistic that Brantley plays Saturday.
The Indians wrap up the homestand with a three-game series against Detroit that begins tonight at 7:05.
Corey Kluber (6-4, 3.35 ERA) opens the set, opposing RHP Rick Porcello (8-4, 4.03), while Trevor Bauer (2-3, 4.20) goes for Cleveland on Saturday (7:15 p.m.) against RHP Justin Verlander (6-7, 4.98).
Josh Tomlin (4-4, 3.86) pitches the series finale Sunday (1:05 p.m.), while the Tigers counter with RHP Max Scherzer (8-3, 3.84).
The Indians went 4-15 against Detroit last year, but have won four of five meetings this season, including a three-game sweep, May 19-21, at Progressive Field.
- Shortstop Francisco Lindor’s solo home run in the eighth inning Wednesday lifted Double-A Akron to a 4-3 win at Reading. It was the fifth homer of the season for Lindor, who entered Thursday batting .280 with 38 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and 11 errors in 67 games for the Aeros.
- Joseph Colon got the win for the Aeros, allowing two runs on nine hits over eight innings. Colon, a 12th-round draft pick in 2009, is 6-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 14 starts this season.
- Entering Thursday, the first-place Royals and third-place Indians were 17-11 since May 19, with the second-place Tigers, three-time division champion, going 9-20 over the same span.
- Cleveland has played 31 day games — third-most in the majors — owning a 16-15 record, with 11 wins in its last 15 games at Progressive Field.