CLEVELAND -- Indians starter Mitch Talbot had a short day of work Sunday in a 6-2 loss to the Twins.

Talbot never got loosened up, and manager Manny Acta pulled him as a precautionary move after the righty had thrown just 14 pitches against the Twins.

"Just before the game, it didn't want to loosen up for me," Talbot said. "I wanted to stay out there, see if I could get it to fire for me. It just wasn't getting there."

Talbot is day to day with right shoulder inflammation, and he will have an MRI on Monday.

"I did see a doctor, but it was nothing extraordinary," Talbot said. "None of us are really worried about the MRI showing anything other than inflammation. It's not a big worry right now."

Talbot walked Denard Span on five pitches to open the game, drawing Acta out of the dugout to check on him.

"Mitch had a tough time getting loose," Acta said. "He's had some rough first innings, but today, he just didn't look right to me.

"First hitter, the ball wasn't coming out of his hand the right way. That's why I went out there."

Talbot shook off Acta's first wave of concern, but after giving up singles to Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer, Acta pulled Talbot.

"This guy, he's a battler, he was close to fighting me for taking him out," Acta said. "He wanted to pitch through it, stay out there."

Talbot backed up Acta's account of his removal.

"It did feel a little bit better, felt like it was loosening up," Talbot said. "It wasn't to the point where they felt comfortable with it."

Talbot's next start would be this weekend in Kansas City, but it's too soon to tell if he will pitch on schedule. Acta said the team would see how Talbot felt in five days.

Brantley in a comfort zone with Indians

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 13 games in the Indians' 6-2 loss to the Twins.

Brantley's run is the longest by an American League rookie this season and the longest by an Indians rookie since Coco Crisp hit safely in 13 straight in 2003.

Brantley's body of work since his last callup has manager Manny Acta smiling.

The key to Brantley's improvement, beyond having the chance to play every day, is the security Brantley has in his roster status.

"I think he was very hesitant at the beginning of the season, trying to prove that he belonged here," Acta said. "Before, I thought he wasn't certain he was going to stay here long because of Russell [Branyan] coming off the DL. Some of those guys were looking over their shoulder."

Since rejoining the team on Aug. 6, Brantley is batting .297, nearly double his average after his first callup.

Sipp unavailable for overworked bullpen

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have needed their bullpen to take them deep into extra innings in two of their last three games, but their relief corps remains well-rested.

The Tribe got 10 innings out of the bullpen in Wednesday's 16-inning loss to the Angels and needed 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's 12-inning setback against the Twins.

Sandwiched in between those games, however, were an off-day and Fausto Carmona's three-hitter, which spelled relief for the bullpen.

Only left-hander Tony Sipp, who pitched two innings Saturday, was unavailable for the series finale with Minnesota.

"They told me I have the day off," Sipp said.

Donald out of lineup with bruised right hand

CLEVELAND -- Indians infielder Jason Donald didn't play Sunday and likely won't play the rest of this homestand.

Donald left Saturday's game with a bruised right hand. Manager Manny Acta said that Donald had two bruised fingers on the hand and that he may not return to action until Cleveland begins its weekend series at Kansas City.

"He's going to be out a couple days, probably three to five," Acta said.

Donald, acquired last season in the Cliff Lee trade, is batting .253 in 88 games this season. He had four homers and has driven in 24 runs.

Donald has split playing time between second base and shortstop, although he has played six more games at shortstop.

Worth noting

Saturday's 12-inning loss to the Twins was scoreless until Jim Thome's solo home run scored the game's only run. The game became the longest scoreless game in Progressive Field's history after 11 innings. ... Brantley's hitting streak has him within a game of tying Coco Crisp's 13-game hitting streak, which is the longest by an Indians rookie. ... Closer Chris Perez has a 0.63 ERA since July 28, the lowest of any Major League reliever in that stretch. Perez threw one scoreless inning Saturday, extending his dominant stretch to 28 2/3 innings, during which he has allowed just two earned runs.