Indians must shuffle 'pen, rotation

The Cleveland Indians needed eight pitchers, including starter Josh Tomlin, to finish off their 11-10 victory in 13 innings over the Detroit Tigers after fellow starter Zach McAllister lasted only two innings in Wednesday's series finale at Progressive Field.

And because of that, Indians manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti will have to readjust the rotation and make decisions with the bullpen after they pitched 11 innings to secure the sweep of the Tigers.

"We need to talk about some things, for sure," Francona said. "We're not going to rush to do anything. We've got to get on a flight. Chris was going on the trip anyway. We'll regroup and figure out where we go from here because we do have to make some adjustments because Josh pitched. We'll get that all figured out."

Two relievers, Scott Atchison and Carlos Carrasco each went two innings and gave up only two hits combined. Atchison came in after McAllister gave up five runs, four of which were earned, in his two innings of work.

Then, Carrasco was called upon to relieve Marc Rzepczynski, who surrendered two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

"It was hard," Francona said. "Sometimes, when you're getting beat up, when your starter leaves that early, you're just trying to finish the game and keep the bullpen in order. When you actually have the lead, that makes it really tough.

"Carlos was a guy that was stretched out the most, but if he comes in first and we're winning, and he has a hiccup, then, we're really in trouble. We wanted to piece it together a little bit to get to him and see how far he could go. He really did a good job. We didn't want to work (Brian) Shaw. We kept him to four pitches, which is good. We're not going to use Cody (Allen), and Josh went out there and did a great job."

In addition to figuring out what to do with the bullpen, Francona must work out some issues in the rotation, and specifically, with McAllister.

After a strong start to the season, Wednesday's outing was McAllister's second straight starter of less two or less innings of work. In fact, McAllister's last outing of more than five innings of work came four starts ago, when he threw 6.2 innings and blanked the Minnesota Twins.

"I don't know," Francona said. "I want to talk to (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway) a little bit about it because I know they've been spending some time together. He was on such a nice roll for a while, and then, it's been rough lately. I'd rather regroup and see where we're at."


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