6/25/2014 10:14 P.M. ET
Ailing knee to push Masterson's next start back
By Chris Gabel / Special to MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Justin Masterson, who lasted just four innings Tuesday in Arizona, will not make his next scheduled start on Sunday and instead will be pushed back at least two days by a bothersome knee.
"We're going to back Justin up a couple days," manager Terry Francona said. "His right knee is bothering him a little bit."
Masterson will throw a side session in the coming days and how that goes will determine if he pitches Tuesday against the Dodgers or is pushed back further.
"He's been pitching through it but it's hard for him to generate power [off his push-off leg]," Francona said.
Francona intimated the injury could be affecting Masterson's command more than his velocity. "His velocity has been the same the whole time," he said.
Masterson's command issues have cropped up particularly against left-handed hitters, who are batting .310 against the right-hander after posting a .248 average a year ago.
Indians option Lowe, recall Hagadone to aid 'pen
PHOENIX -- Indians manager Terry Francona said he enjoyed the strategy that went into Tuesday night's 14-inning game -- a 9-8 loss to the D-backs -- but on Wednesday came the fallout.
In addition to the extra innings, starter Justin Masterson lasted just four innings, leading to Francona using all 12 relievers for a combined 9 1/3 innings.
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco threw two innings, two days after pitching 2 2/3 innings against the Tigers.
"There will be guys down. There has to be," Francona said. "Guys just threw too much."
The Indians also summoned reinforcements. Lefty Nick Hagadone was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and Mark Lowe, who took the loss Tuesday, was optioned out.
When fellow reliever Marc Rzepczynski noticed Hagadone in the clubhouse about three hours before Wednesday's series finale, he asked, "You fresh?"
"Yeah," Hagadone replied.
"Good," Rzepczynski responded.
Of course, there never is an ideal time to play 14 innings, but Francona said it was fortunate the marathon game came between a pair of off days on Monday and Thursday. Those off days may have been the difference between the team making additional transactions beyond the Hagadone-Lowe move.
Hagadone had a 7.71 ERA in five appearances for the Indians earlier this year. He was optioned to Columbus on June 13 and made three appearances for the Clippers.
"With all the lefties in [Arizona's] lineup and in Seattle, it seemed to make sense," Francona said.
The Indians will need to make another move Sunday to bring up a starter to pitch in place of Masterson.
Playing in NL Park, Swisher remains out of lineup
PHOENIX -- Without the designated hitter at the Indians' disposal again Wednesday, Nick Swisher was out of the lineup for the second straight night. Swisher has played the field just once since he returned from the disabled list on June 11.
Carlos Santana was at first base and Lonnie Chisenhall was at third. The two combined for six hits and four RBIs on Tuesday.
"It just seems to make sense," Francona said of the lineup.
Swisher grounded out in his pinch-hit at-bat Tuesday and is 5-for-38 since coming off the DL.
"I talked to [Swisher] before we left for the road trip," Francona said. "He'll be in there Friday."
The Indians begin a three-game series on Friday against the Mariners and then will play three in Los Angeles against the Dodgers without the DH.
• Lefty Josh Outman, who was designated for assignment on June 18, cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Outman was acquired in the offseason trade that send outfielder Drew Stubbs to the Rockies.
• Jason Giambi said there still is not timetable for his return from a knee injury. He was placed on the disabled list on June 12.
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.