BALTIMORE -- Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir felt much improved on Thursday -- a day after exiting his start against the Orioles after seven innings due to back spasms. Kazmir went through a workout, but the lefty did not throw on Thursday.
"[The spasms] calmed down and he's feeling good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's good. I think he'll be OK."
Francona said Kazmir should be able to make his next start as planned. That could be Tuesday or Wednesday, considering there is an off-day on Monday.
Bauer, Carrasco to start Indians' twin bill
BALTIMORE -- The Indians' probable starters for Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox have not been a secret, but now they are official.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona confirmed on Thursday that right-handers Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start in the twin bill in Chicago. Bauer will technically be recalled from Columbus, and Carrasco will be added as the 26th man on the roster.
The Indians have not announced the subsequent move to add Bauer to the rotation.
In 12 starts for Triple-A Columbus this season, Bauer has gone 3-2 with a 4.12 ERA, compiling 67 strikeouts against 36 walks in 65 1/3 innings. The righty has made three spot starts for Cleveland this season, going 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA. In 16 1/3 big league innings this year, Bauer has 11 strikeouts and 15 walks, but he has held hitters to a .161 average.
Carrasco was optioned to Triple-A on Monday, but the goal all along was to utilize Major League Baseball's 26th man rule (as stipulated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement) to bring him back on regular rest for the start against the White Sox. After his outing in Chicago, Carrasco can be sent back to Triple-A for four days prior to returning to Cleveland's rotation.
In four starts for the Indians, Carrasco has gone 0-3 with a 7.78 ERA. On Sunday, he took the loss against the Twins after giving up three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings in 10 games at Triple-A this season.
Quote to note
"As he gets to know the league, he's going to get better. He's an intelligent player. He's got a really good swing. As long as he stays healthy, I think he might get better."
--Indians manager Terry Francona, on second baseman Jason Kipnis
• Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and first baseman Nick Swisher both received a scheduled day off from being in the starting lineup on Thursday. Cabrera, who was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday after dealing with a right quad injury, is slated to play in one of the games in Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Francona said Swisher will likely play in both of Friday's games: one at first base and one at designated hitter.
• Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis entered Thursday having reached base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 28 consecutive games for the Indians. In that span, Kipnis had hit .364 (36-for-99) with 16 runs, 21 RBIs and a 1.064 OPS. The second baseman headed into Thursday's action with a .405 average in the month of June.
• Indians right-handers Brett Myers and Blake Wood, who are both on the disabled list coming back from right elbow injuries, moved their Minor League rehab assignments to Double-A on Thursday. Both were scheduled to log one inning for the Aeros.