Anderson excited to make MLB debut Sunday

No timetable for a return for Swisher; Marcum clears waivers

Anderson excited to make MLB debut Sunday

CLEVELAND -- When Cody Anderson was summoned into the office of Triple-A Columbus manager Chris Tremie, the Indians pitching prospect assumed he was going to be discussing his last start. The conversation was a little more meaningful than that.

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"He said, 'Your next start isn't going to be here,'" Anderson said with a smile. "'It's going to be in Cleveland.' It was a great feeling."

The 24-year-old Anderson joined the Indians to watch Saturday's game against the Rays, and he will be officially promoted from Triple-A on Sunday to make his Major League debut against Tampa Bay. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Anderson will likely get at least a couple of turns as Cleveland's latest fifth starter.

Anderson got to tell his dad the news first and both of the pitcher's parents will be at Progressive Field for their son's Father's Day start.

"I'm really excited," Anderson said. "It's just all piling up right now, feeling really good."

In 13 starts this season between Double-A Akron and Columbus, Anderson posted a 1.89 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 14 walks in 71 1/3 innings. The big right-hander turned in a 2.33 ERA in his three outings with Columbus.

Overall, it has been a dramatic improvement over 2014, when Anderson went 4-11 with a 5.44 ERA at Double-A.

"[It's] just being able to throw strikes more consistently," Anderson said. "Not walking so many guys and pounding the strike zone."

Worth noting

• There is currently no established timetable for a return for Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher, who is on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his left knee, following a comeback from surgery on both knees. The 34-year-old Swisher (batting .198 with a .558 OPS in 30 games this season) received an injection in the bothered knee earlier this week.

"I worked so hard to get back and it's still not quite there yet," Swisher said. "I'm just going to keep battling and fighting as hard as I can to get back, and get back to where I know I can be myself. I'm going to lean on [the trainers and coaches] now and they're going to help me through this process."

• Heading into Saturday's game, the Indians ranked first in the Majors with a .749 OPS with the bases empty, but ranked 26th with runners in scoring position (.669) and 28th with runners on (.682) and with scoring position and two outs (.572). Francona believes the drastic discrepancy is at least partially a fluke.

"I think that much of a separation is a little bit fluky," Francona said. "Also, guys get pitched differently when there's runners in scoring position. They get pitched backwards, or however you want to say it, and we haven't always done as well as we should probably at making adjustments to that."

• Right-hander Shaun Marcum (3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in seven games for Cleveland) cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A on Saturday. The Indians designated Marcum for assignment on Thursday.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.