Tribe moves Masterson's start to Saturday
Huff takes No. 3 spot in rotation to split up sinkerball pitchers
CLEVELAND -- Justin Masterson felt pretty good about the way his last outing progressed, and he's going to have a couple extra days to reflect on it.The Indians will shift their rotation slightly, coming out of Thursday's off-day. Masterson will be pushed back a day to Saturday, while David Huff will be bumped up to the No. 3 spot of the rotation and start the series opener against the Tigers. The move was made to separate Masterson and Fausto Carmona, who both rely primarily on a mid-90s sinker, in future turns in the rotation. "It's one of those moves that can't hurt," Masterson said. "I haven't been throwing strikes to the best of my ability [this season], but I thought it started to click that last time out." Masterson took a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday after giving up four runs on 10 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. It was his longest outing of the season, and he showed encouraging signs in a 5 2/3-inning stretch in which he didn't give up a run. With the extra break between starts, Masterson said he threw a bullpen session Monday and was set to throw another Wednesday.
Redmond says tight hip isn't a concern
CLEVELAND -- Backup catcher Mike Redmond left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with right hip tightness, but it wasn't a new condition."It's been bothering me for about two weeks," Redmond said. And Redmond made it clear it's not a condition that affects his duties behind the plate. But in a close game against the Blue Jays, he didn't want to be a late-inning liability on the basepaths. "I'm really slow," Redmond said. "I didn't want to be really, really slow." Redmond was replaced by Lou Marson. Because Redmond is only guaranteed a start when Fausto Carmona is on the mound, his services might not be needed for another six days. Manager Manny Acta, therefore, did not seem to think a disabled-list move would be in order. Acta also revealed that in cases of dire emergency, second baseman Luis Valbuena and left fielder Austin Kearns are his go-to options at catcher.
Harwell gave Hamilton best advice
CLEVELAND -- Back when he was still a young broadcaster learning the ins and outs of the industry, Tom Hamilton turned to the legendary Ernie Harwell for advice.
As expected, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera remained out of the lineup Wednesday because of left quadriceps tightness. Manager Manny Acta said he expects to have Cabrera back in action Friday against the Tigers. ... Mark Grudzielanek notched his 2,021st Major League hit Tuesday night. He is 18th among active players in career hits. ... Roving outfield and baserunning coordinator Gary Thurman has been working with the Indians this week. ... Shelley Duncan, signed to a Minor League deal in the offseason, is batting .354 (19-for-53) over his last 13 games, with six doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs. He has 10 RBIs in his last seven games. ... Switch-hitting Double-A second baseman Cord Phelps is leading the Eastern League with a .390 average.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.