The Cleveland Indians are rearranging their rotation to insert top prospect Danny Salazar on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old right-hander will pitch against the Detroit Tigers, manager Terry Francona announced, with Ubaldo Jimenez having his next start pushed back until Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.
The move is designed to give Jimenez extra rest, though the veteran is not dealing with an injury, according to Francona. Also, Jimenez will avoid pitching against the Tigers, who have handled him well in his career (5-9, 5.32 ERA in 16 starts).
"I've had some trouble with them, but last year I had some good games and bad games against them," Jimenez told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. "In my career, I've had more good games than bad games against them, especially at home."
The Plain Dealer reported that Salazar might have another brief stay in the majors.
Salazar made a stellar major league debut July 11 in a spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He got the win with six innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out seven. He subsequently returned to Triple-A Columbus, where he continued his stellar season.
Salazar threw five no-hit innings in Triple-A on Friday, when his fastball was clocked between 97 and 99 mph.
In 14 games (13 starts) for Columbus, he is 4-2 with one save and a 2.73 ERA. Earlier this year, Salazar went 2-3 with a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Akron.