Salazar, Kipnis rejoin Tribe; Zimmer, Bruce close

Salazar, Kipnis rejoin Tribe; Zimmer, Bruce close

CHICAGO -- An Indians club that had won a Major League-best 12 games in a row heading into play Tuesday got a boost.

The club activated Danny Salazar from the 10-day disabled list, with the right-hander starting Tuesday night's game against the White Sox after missing time due to right elbow inflammation. Salazar struggled in his return, allowing four runs in just two-thirds of an inning in the Indians' 9-4 win.

Also rejoining the club is second baseman Jason Kipnis, who has been limited to 79 games this season due to nagging injuries. Indians manager Terry Francona said Kipnis will go through workouts at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday as he looks to return from a right hamstring strain that has sidelined him since Aug. 23. Kipnis has hit .228 with 11 homers this season.

Kipnis' solo home run

Injured outfielder Michael Brantley also joined the club in Chicago for the team's fantasy football draft, but he returned to Cleveland as he recovers from a right ankle sprain that has kept him out since Aug. 9. The American League All-Star has hit .299 with an .802 OPS this year.

Reliever Andrew Miller is feeling "pretty good" after throwing a side session Monday in Cleveland, Francona said. Miller is slated to throw another side session Wednesday as the left-hander -- one of the cogs of the AL pennant-winning side from 2016 -- deals with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Miller has a 1.65 ERA in 48 appearances this season.

Miller works out of a jam

Zimmer, Bruce held out of lineup

Indians outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Jay Bruce were held out of the lineup again Tuesday, marking the third consecutive game Zimmer has been out of the lineup and fourth for Bruce.

Zimmer, who is in concussion protocol after making a diving attempt to catch Bryan Holaday's double in the third inning of Saturday's win over Detroit, went through a full workout Tuesday and could be available to play if a doctor clears him before the first pitch.

"He just needs to wait for the doctors to sign off because he's in that protocol, and the doctor probably won't be here until semi-close to game time," Francona said. "Once he's examined and OK'd, he'll be available for the game."

Zimmer's all-out attempt

Francona said the club will be extra cautious with Zimmer. The Indians have a surplus of left-handed outfield bats to fill in for Zimmer and Bruce.

Zimmer, a rookie, has hit .247 with eight homers and a .705 OPS in 96 games this season.

Bruce has been out due to a stiff neck, something he dealt with last month while still on the Mets. The 30-year-old right fielder -- in the midst of a stellar year with 33 homers and an .849 OPS -- took batting practice in the cage Tuesday and could be available in Tuesday's game, Francona said.

"He's doing fine," he said. "I just thought, 'They have a lefty going. Let's wait another day.'"

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.