Indians set roster for World Series vs. Cubs

Salazar returns from injury, takes place of Anderson

Indians set roster for World Series vs. Cubs

CLEVELAND -- The Indians made only one adjustment to their roster for the World Series, but the decision could have a big impact on the team's championship chances.

Cleveland officially announced on Tuesday that right-hander Danny Salazar has been added to the 25-man roster for the best-of-seven Fall Classic against the Cubs, following his comeback from a strained right forearm. Cleveland won Game 1, 6-0.

Game 2: Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET game time on FOX (6 p.m. ET pregame show on FS1)

Salazar's showing in a three-inning simulated game on Sunday convinced Cleveland that he was ready to return.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 25 CLE 6, CHC 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 26 CHC 5, CLE 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 28 CLE 1, CHC 0 video
Gm 4 Oct. 29 CLE 7, CHC 2 video
Gm 5 Oct. 30 CHC 3, CLE 2 video
Gm 6 Nov. 1 CHC 9, CLE 3 video
Gm 7 Nov. 2 CHC 8 CLE, 7 (10) video

"That's a huge weapon," Corey Kluber, the Indians' Game 1 starter, said. "The guy was an All-Star. He's got unbelievable stuff. That would definitely be an extra weapon to have on our pitching staff. Hopefully, with these sim games and everything, there won't be any rust and he'll be able to go out there right away and help us win."

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The Tribe's plan for Salazar, who assumed the postseason roster spot previously held by right-handed reliever Cody Anderson, remains undetermined. Salazar has not appeared in a game for Cleveland since Sept. 9, but has been cleared to log as many as 65-70 pitches (or about four innings), according to pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

Given the way Indians manager Terry Francona has handled his bullpen this October, getting four quality innings from Salazar may be enough. In fact, in games not started by the durable Kluber, the rotation has averaged just a touch over four innings per start this postseason. Cleveland has gone 5-0 in those games, thanks largely to the work of the relief trio of Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw.

The Indians plan on using Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin as the starters for Games 1-3, respectively, but are waiting to decide who will take the mound for Game 4 on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Depending on how the first three games go, that assignment could be given to Salazar. Rookie lefty Ryan Merritt, who handcuffed Toronto in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, would also be a possibility. Kluber could also take the ball on short rest, if needed.

"After the third game we'd [like to] kind of see where we are," Indians manager Terry Francona said on Monday. "We have Merritt. We have Danny. Neither one would pitch a full game, but between those two, you know, especially with Danny, it gives you a guy that made the All-Star team that we could pitch really whenever we want. So, it's another really good arm that's kind of a wild card that we think could help us."

Here is Cleveland's complete roster:

Cody Allen
Trevor Bauer
Mike Clevinger
Corey Kluber
Jeff Manship
Zach McAllister
Ryan Merritt
Andrew Miller
Dan Otero
Danny Salazar
Bryan Shaw
Josh Tomlin

Yan Gomes
Roberto Perez

Jason Kipnis
Francisco Lindor
Michael Martinez
Mike Napoli
Jose Ramirez
Carlos Santana

Lonnie Chisenhall
Coco Crisp
Rajai Davis
Brandon Guyer
Tyler Naquin

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. 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.