CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Corey Kluber is scheduled for at least one more rehab outing -- Sunday for Triple-A Columbus in Charlotte, N.C. After that, the two-time Cy Young award winner could be activated from the injured list.
Kluber, who has been sidelined since May 2, made his second rehab appearance Tuesday, allowing a run on two hits (one home run) and striking out six over four innings (60 pitches).
“Very good, from him and the people that watched him,” manager Terry Francona said of reports on Kluber’s outing. “Velocity starting to tick up a bit. And by all accounts, he looked kind of like Kluber.”
-- Carlos Carrasco (chronic myeloid leukemia) has been cleared to face hitters Friday in a simulated game at Progressive Field against Class A Lake County. He will be re-evaluated to determine the next step.
-- Right-hander Dan Otero (right shoulder) and lefty Tyler Olson (shingles) made rehab appearances for Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Otero tossed a scoreless inning with one walk, while Olson allowed a hit and a walk and struck out two over 2/3 of an inning.
Up and down
Left-hander Logan Allen was recalled from Columbus, with lefty Josh Smith returning to the minors to clear a roster spot.
Allen, 22, was acquired from the Padres in the three-team trade with Cincinnati for Trevor Bauer (July 31), appearing eight times (four starts) for San Diego this year. He’s 4-3, with a 5.48 ERA over 15 starts on the Triple-A level.
MLB.com ranks Allen as the third-best prospect in the organization.
Smith has spent three stints with the Indians, posting a 5.40 ERA over 8 1/3 innings. He is 7-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 34 games (45 2/3 innings) for Columbus.
Back in there
Right fielder Yasiel Puig returns Thursday after serving a three-game suspension during the Boston series for his role in a brawl with the Pirates on July 30 as a member of the Reds.
Puig, who is batting .357 (15-for-42) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBIs in 11 games for the Indians, apparently spent his down time becoming an American citizen.
The native of Cienfuegos, Cuba, posted a picture of himself after the swearing in ceremony on Twitter, tweeting, “Thank you God for this great opportunity to become an American citizen.”
Lay it down
Fans criticize Francona and the Indians for bunting too much and the numbers could support their case, with Cleveland entering Wednesday leading the American League in sacrifice bunts (29). Only four NL teams had more through Tuesday.
Francona said his bunting philosophy has changed over the years to fit the clubs he’s managed.
“When I was in the National League (in Philadelphia from 1997-200), when the pitcher came up, you bunted,” he said. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘Man, I’m not sure I really want to bunt here.’ But you’re supposed to. And I was young. When I went to Boston (from 2004-11), the strategy was really not to let them pitch around Manny (Ramirez) and David (Ortiz). That was the strategy. You really didn’t want to bunt. They’re already in scoring position at first.
“Here, I think you just take your personnel and try to get the most out of it. I know all the numbers that when you bunt you’re more often playing for one run than multiple runs. But sometimes one run’s what you need.”
Francona said he lets certain players decide at times.
“You try to have trust in your players that they know what’s supposed to happen and then they can figure out the best way to do it,” he said. “Sometimes with the first baseman playing in, if you don’t have a fast runner at second, you might not get him over anyway. So sometimes letting them swing away is better.”
The Indians begin a four-game series at Yankee Stadium on Thursday (7:05).
Adam Plutko (4-3, 4.86 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland against RHP Chad Green (2-3, 4.69), while Aaron Civale (1-1, 1.00) starts Friday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-6, 4.64).
Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.27) goes for the Indians on Saturday (1:05 p.m.) against LHP James Paxton (8-6, 4.40), while Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.34) starts the series finale Sunday (1:05 p.m.) against LHP CC Sabathia (5-6, 4.78).
Third baseman Jose Ramirez entered Wednesday with 29 extra-base hits since the start of July, which ranked second in the majors behind Boston’s Rafael Devers (31). ... Second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher Roberto Perez each got the day off. Kipnis, who is hitting .294 with four homers and 21 RBIs in the second half (29 games), is 3-for-18 over his last five games. Perez, who has already reached career highs in homers (19) and RBIs (46), is 3-for-35 in August (11 games). ... Thursday, 7:05, STO, WTAM 1100-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM.
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