Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson is beginning to fire on all cylinders. Since June 14, he's 7-1 with a 2.85 ERA.
He'll look to keep up that pace Saturday, when the Angels and Indians square off at Progressive Field.
After leaving with a lead Sunday against the Blue Jays, Wilson took a no-decision when a shaky bullpen and defense allowed two runs in each of the last two innings. the left-hander allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings.
"If I had different chromosomes, I'd maybe be playing a different sport or be a different gender or something," Wilson said after the start. "You can 'if' your way all around life, but you can't 'if' your way into success in baseball. You have to overcome, and we didn't overcome our mistakes."
Meanwhile, a well-rested Ubaldo Jimenez will be on the hill for the Indians. The right-hander was pushed back so he wouldn't face Detroit earlier in the week. While he has struggled against the Tigers this season, Jimenez is 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 19 outings against all other teams.
Just like Wilson, Jimenez has found a groove as of late. In his past 13 appearances, he's 5-3 with a 3.01 ERA. In his last outing against the Marlins, the right-hander allowed five runs (two earned) on nine hits in four innings of work for a loss.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera bobbled a pair of grounders in that game for errors, including one in the first inning that sparked a three-run rally for Miami.
"You hate to ever give anybody extra opportunities, and we did that," Indians manager Terry Francona said afterward. "Saying that, throwing 100 pitches in four innings is too much."
Angels: Kendrick headed for DL
While Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick had hoped to avoid the disabled list, his left knee didn't cooperate.
He hasn't progressed enough since suffering a left knee sprain in a collision with outfielder Collin Cowgill on Monday night, and manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Kendrick will be placed on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game in Cleveland, with a corresponding roster move to come then.
"He's made a little progress, but in talking to [head athletic trainer Adam Nevala], it's not the type of progress you'd hope to see where he might not have to go on the DL," said Scioscia, who still has to determine a corresponding move. "We'll have a decision on that at some point in the next day."
Indians: Carrasco recalled
Cleveland recalled Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus before its series opener against the Angels. To make room, Cleveland optioned reliever Preston Guilmet, who gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings Thursday against Detroit.
"He has the arm to do probably anything, just because his stuff is so electric," Francona said. "It's just a matter of harnessing it at this level. I would never want to pull away from him as a starter. There's just too much to like."
He tossed five innings of relief in Friday's game, allowing just one hit and striking out four with three walks.
• Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck, who is from Central Ohio and went to Ohio State, played his first career game at Progressive Field on Friday.
• The Indians will honor the 200 members of the Cleveland chapter of Our Children Making Change during Sunday's series finale against the Angels. The 200 area youth raised $20,000 for four charities: Autism Speaks, Juvenile Diabetes, Fiona's Friends (to assist a young girl undergoing a liver transplant) and West Side Catholic Charities.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.