5/3/2014 12:59 A.M. ET
Francona planning mix and match at second
By Stephen Ellsesser / Special to MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- With Jason Kipnis officially on the disabled list, Elliot Johnson got another shot to fill in at second base on Friday night, hitting ninth. He had two errors and went 0-for-4 in the Indians' 12-5 win over the White Sox.
Johnson also started Wednesday's loss in Anaheim, but Tribe manager Terry Francona said he would use other options at second base as well during Kipnis' DL stint.
"We'll probably do some mixing and matching, kind of go day to day," Francona said. "I don't know [how] we can make a lineup a week ahead of time, nor that we need to, but we'll not only try to look at where they're playing, but where they're hitting in the lineup.
"Some of who plays second may be determined by who's playing another position, just so we can have some balance."
Francona said that Mike Aviles would get some starts at second, and he plans to get Jose Ramirez, who took Kipnis' roster spot, in there as well.
"I think Mikey can certainly play, probably anywhere," Francona said. "But you also got to remember when you do that, you're taking away from [using him elsewhere]."
Tribe looks at options to slot in for Carrasco
CLEVELAND -- General manager Chris Antonetti has a tough choice in deciding who will take Carlos Carrasco's spot in the rotation next week against the Twins, so he has turned to bizarre methods to help him.
"We'll pick it out of a hat," Antonetti joked before Friday's game.
Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer are giving Antonetti plenty to think about, stringing together solid starts with Triple-A Columbus.
Tomlin extended his scoreless-innings streak to 20 on Thursday against Durham, throwing a three-hit shutout in which he struck out 10. Tomlin's run dates back to April 18.
Bauer took a tough loss in a spot start against the Padres last month, giving up just one earned run and fanning eight in six innings. But he's won his last three starts with Triple-A Columbus. In 25 2/3 innings, he has struck out 28, holding opposing hitters to a .196 average and posting a 1.40 ERA.
"We obviously have a few good candidates in Columbus that are certainly deserving of it, and we'll work through that decision," Antonetti said.
Antonetti didn't rule out calling up T.J. House. House is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 22 2/3 innings over four starts.
"No one start influences us too much," Antonetti said. "I think we try to look at the body of work, then look beyond that, what are the subjective comments, how are they going about achieving that performance. Josh, Trevor and T.J. have all thrown the ball well."
The man whose name comes out of the hat will start either Monday or Tuesday against the Twins.
Quote to note
"That was probably not our [most fun] road trip. Again, I've said it before, but it's because I believe it: I believe in that group in there. I believe we will find a way to dig ourselves out of what we've dug." --Francona, on the Indians 0-6 road trip to San Francisco and Anaheim.
• In going 0-6 on their road trip, the Tribe dropped consecutive series for the first time in 2014. The six-game skid is the longest since dropping six straight last August.
• The Tribe is 5-4 in series openers heading into Friday, and they have won only one of their last six series.
• Backing up Josh Tomlin's shutout Thursday for Triple-A Columbus were Nyjer Morgan and Justin Sellers, tallying two hits apiece.
• Clint Frazier, the Tribe's first-round Draft pick in 2013, hit his first home run with Class A Lake County on Thursday. Frazier's homer tied the score at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Captains fell, 3-2, to West Michigan.
• Heading into Friday, the Indians are the only team not to play in extra innings this season.
Stephen Ellsesser is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.