CLEVELAND — Right-hander Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday — another step to a potential return to the mound this season.
Carrasco (chronic myeloid leukemia) has already been running, playing catch and has thrown bullpen sessions, but it appears the Indians are beginning to employ a more set schedule.
“He’s been on a routine as much as he can, but just the fact that he can get off the mound, I think gives him a little boost, also,” manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco, who has been sidelined since June 2.
Francona was asked if the scheduled bullpen sessions could lead to Carrasco beginning a minor league rehab stint and returning to the mound for the Indians before the season is complete.
“I think we gotta stay consistent with what we’ve said all along,” he said. “I think we all hope he can come back and pitch for us, that’s kinda stating the obvious. I think saying anything else other than we really are trying to support him, isn’t fair to him.”
** Right-hander Dan Otero (right shoulder) will resume his rehab assignment with an appearance for Triple-A Columbus tonight.
Otero (4.56 ERA over 20 games) had his first rehab stint shut down after posting a 7.71 ERA over five appearances (4 1⁄3 innings). He hasn’t pitched for Cleveland since May 30.
** After his bullpen session Saturday at Progressive Field, the Indians announced that right-hander Corey Kluber (right forearm fracture) would begin a rehab assignment with Columbus on Thursday.
Happy in Cleveland
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus entered Monday owning a .386 batting average, .434 on-base percentage, .554 slugging percentage and .988 OPS against the Indians. He’s hit safely in 64 of his 71 career games vs. them.
The batting average is the second-highest all-time against Cleveland (minimum 250 plate appearances) behind former Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (.374).
Andrus, who turns 31 on Aug. 26, began his career with a 39-game hitting streak against the Indians — the second-longest against one opponent in the modern era behind Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero’s 44-game hitting streak against the Rangers from April 9, 2004, to Aug. 4, 2006.
“There’s always a guy on every team, it just never (fails),” Francona said. “Every time somebody comes in, you look and like, ‘What the hell is the rest of the league doing?’ Yeah, he has done really well against us.
“Confidence is part of it, making mistakes or maybe the way that we match up. Over the years, you would think the matchups would kinda change.”
Left-hander Scott Moss tossed five scoreless innings and struck out seven in his organizational debut Sunday in Double-A Akron’s 5-0 win over visiting Binghamton.
Moss, who was acquired from the Reds in the three-team trade with the Padres for Trevor Bauer, went 6-5 with a 3.44 ERA in 20 starts for Double-A Chattanooga, striking out 123 batters over 102 innings.
- To make room on the roster for Monday’s starting pitcher, right-hander Aaron Civale, Cleveland optioned righty Phil Maton back to Columbus. Maton was called up Friday but did not appear.
- Catcher Roberto Perez entered Monday ranked third in the AL at his position with 19 home runs. Through Sunday, he was one shy of becoming the seventh catcher in Indians history to hit at least 20 homers in a season, and two shy of his career total of 21.