Manager Terry Francona has confirmed that it will be Cody Anderson getting the start for the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Major League rules dictate that each team can add a 26th player for a doubleheader, so the Indians will not need to make a roster move to make room for Anderson. Mike Clevinger, who made his MLB debut on Wednesday, will get the start in Game 1.
Anderson was recently optioned back to Triple-A following a series of bad outings. In three starts since his latest call-up to the majors, Anderson allowed 12 earned runs in just 14.2 innings. On the season, he has a 7.99 ERA with a 14.6 percent strikeout rate -- not the kind of production the Indians want out of their pitcher, even as a fifth starter.
Anderson's move was technically made to make room for Lonnie Chisenhall coming off of the bereavement list, but as far as roster construction goes, Anderson was really sent down so Clevinger could take over in the rotation. Clevinger's start in Game 1 of the doubleheader will be the second of his career. He went 5.1 innings in his debut, striking out five and walking one in what wound up being a 14-inning thriller against the Cincinnati Reds.
Other potential starters for Game 2 included TJ House and Ryan Merritt, the latter of whom would also be making his debut if he were to get the call.
Depending on how the White Sox finish up their series against the Kansas City Royals and how the Tribe deal with the Boston Red Sox over the next two days, the doubleheader could put first place in the American League Central Division up for grabs. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 5:10 p.m. ET from U.S. Cellular field, while Game 2 will follow directly after.