The Indians have lost five games in a row, and lost starting pitcher Corey Kluber to a strained finger earlier this week. Now, it seems that starter Scott Kazmir may miss his next turn as well.
“He wanted to answer the bell today because he knew it was important,” Francona said of Kazmir. “But I think we’ll go back and see what we can do to try to give him maybe a couple [extra] days this time through. I think it’ll be good for him. I don’t think any of us thought he would go through the whole year and go every five days. I don’t think that was realistic.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
Kazmir started Friday night’s game against the Angels, but only went three innings after giving up five runs in the first. Carlos Carrasco pitched five strong innings in relief. He could be in line to take Kazmir’s next start if indeed he gets the extra rest that Francona is talking about.
Kazmir gave up more earned runs Friday than in his last four starts combined. After an excellent month of July, Kazmir is 7-5 on the season with a 4.18 ERA in 21 starts. He went 2-0 in July with a 2.75 ERA in six starts.
Carrasco is 0-4 with a 7.75 ERA in seven appearances in Cleveland. In Columbus, Carrasco is 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 71.2 innings pitched. He struck out 79 while walking 21 for the Clippers.
[Related: Indians reveal Kluber out 4 to 6 weeks]