Postponement gives Indians needed rest
Masterson slated for Wednesday's series finale
CLEVELAND -- Given the way the first four games went for the Indians, an unexpected day off was not necessarily a bad thing for the ballclub. The Tribe received some extra rest on Tuesday, when its game against the White Sox was postponed due to inclement weather.
"For our guys," Indians manager Manny Acta said, "just based on that first series that we had, I guess it would be OK to have one more day off."
As of right now, there is no makeup game officially scheduled for the ballgame, though Acta noted that it would likely come during Chicago's return trip to Cleveland on May 7-9. If that is the case, and the club's squeeze in a doubleheader, the Indians could potentially face a stretch of 21 games in 20 days to open the month.
"We'll have to pay the price in May," Acta said.
Acta indicated that sinkerballer Justin Masterson is still scheduled to pitch against the White Sox in Wednesday's 12:05 p.m. ET tilt at Progressive Field. From there, following Thursday's day off, the probables for the three-game weekend series in Kansas City are Derek Lowe, Jeanmar Gomez and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Jimenez is currently serving a five-game suspension for hitting Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with a pitch in a Spring Training game on April 1. Jimenez was originally slated to return to the rotation on Saturday, but he will be pushed back a day to Sunday because of the rainout.
Right-hander Josh Tomlin, who started against the White Sox on Monday, will move into the bullpen as an extra arm for the time being. Tomlin will return to the rotation for a start against the A's on April 19 in Oakland.
"It's not etched in stone," Acta cautioned.
Over the first four games of this season, the Indians have hit .153 as a team and have limped to a 1-3 record out of the gates. In that sense, the day off might have come at a good time for the club. Then again, Cleveland already had five scheduled off-days in the month of April.
"We have enough days off this month," Acta said. "But, unfortunately, it's just grueling weather out there. It's not going to be baseball. It's going to be survival."