November 26, 2014

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Carrasco returns as reliever

Brian Dulik

The Gazette

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ revolving door of relievers took another spin on Friday.

Carlos Carrasco was recalled from Triple-A Columbus, while Preston Guilmet was optioned to the Clippers before the Tribe’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Carrasco is 0-4 with a 9.10 ERA in six starts with Cleveland this season, but the right-hander will pitch out of the bullpen in his fourth MLB stint in 2013.

“This was Carlos’ day to pitch in Columbus and we needed a reliever, so we decided to bring him up,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

“Since you don’t know if you’re going to play 14 innings like we did the other night, or go to the bullpen early, it made sense to have a guy who is stretched out here.”

The skipper stressed that Carrasco is still viewed as a starter by the organization, but was the best choice for a short-term promotion. Though this is the 6-foot-3, 212-pound flamethrower’s fifth season with the Tribe, he is only 26 years ago.

“I believe Carlos has the arm to do anything because his stuff is so electric,” Francona said. “It’s just a matter of harnessing it because, career-wise, he’s got a chance to be an excellent starter.”

Guilmet’s second promotion to Cleveland only lasted one day after he pitched 2⅔ innings Thursday in Cleveland’s 10-3 loss to Detroit. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits after replacing starter Zach McAllister with one out in the third inning.

In two appearances and 3⅓ innings for the Indians, Guilmet has a 10.80 ERA without a decision.

“Honestly, I didn’t think Guilmet’s stay was going to be temporary until he had to throw all those pitches last night,” Francona said. “But we want to keep eight relief pitchers and he was going to be unavailable, so this was a move we felt we had to make right now.”

Things got so bad for the Tribe’s bullpen against the Tigers, outfielder Ryan Raburn pitched the ninth inning of the series finale. He tossed a perfect frame — striking out Matt Tuiasosopo, and inducing groundouts by Brayan Pena and Hernan Perez — in his professional debut on the mound.

Raburn was the first Cleveland position player to pitch since third baseman Andy Marte on July 29, 2010 against the Yankees.

“Ryan is also unavailable to pitch tonight,” Francona quipped. “There is no way to get around it, that was a miserable series, but letting Raburn pitch allowed the guys to have something to latch onto and enjoy for a little while.”

Detroit disaster

Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi called a brief players’ only meeting following the game Thursday, which appeared to pick up the spirits of his teammates.“I like when ‘G’ runs a meeting,” Francona said. “The more ‘G’ talks, the better we all are — as players, coaches and managers. I was thrilled that he did it.”l The Tribe was outscored 25-11 by the Tigers in the series. Detroit posted its first four-game sweep in Cleveland since June 9-12, 1988 at Cleveland Stadium.

l Before leaving town, Tigers manager Jim Leyland went out of his way to heap more praise on Indians rookie Danny Salazar. The right-hander struck out 10 batters in 7 ⅔ innings Wednesday in Detroit’s 6-5, 14-inning win.

“That kid made a hell of an impression on me,” Leyland said. “For a guy I didn’t know anything about, I ain’t seen anything better than that. His command was there, and the ball was coming out 99 (mph) easily. He had real good poise, really impressive command, good delivery, control. That guy is good.”

Minor matters

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run in seven innings as Triple-A Columbus beat Louisville 9-3. The former Red Sox standout is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA over his last six starts, putting himself in prime position to be called up by the Indians.Recently demoted reliever Vinnie Pestano pitched a scoreless frame for the Clippers. The righty has not allowed a run in 4 ⅓ innings since being sent to Columbus on July 30.l Left fielder Bryson Miles went 3-for-5 for Single-A Carolina in its 6-5 victory over Frederick. Miles extended his hitting streak to 20 games, which is tied for the 10th longest in Minor League Baseball this year.

l All six of the Tribe’s affiliates have losing records, but Carolina is 25-19 in the second half of the Carolina League season. Cleveland’s farm teams are a combined 243-309.

Extra innings

The Indians will celebrate the 80th birthday of Rocky Colavito tonight against the Angels.Colavito will be honored in a pregame ceremony, while the first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a replica of Colavito’s Indians Hall of Fame plaque.“The Rock” played eight seasons with the Tribe (1955-1959, 1965-1967), belting 190 home runs and driving in 574 runs.

l Cleveland has the fourth-lowest average home attendance in baseball, averaging 19,669 fans per game. Miami (18,181), Tampa Bay (18,476), and Houston (19,420) comprise the bottom three.

l The Angels are playing without three starters in first baseman Albert Pujols (left plantar fascia tear), second baseman Howie Kendrick (left knee sprain), and outfielder Peter Bourjos (right wrist fracture).

Quote of the day

“I told my agent we’ve got to renegotiate a little bit because I’m a two-way player now. Pitching is something I always wanted to do, so now I can check that off my list. Hopefully, we never come to that spot where I need to do it again.” — Indians right fielder Ryan Raburn, who signed a two-year, $4.85 million contract extension earlier in the week.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.