CLEVELAND -- The Indians had hoped that Roberto Hernandez would be able to start on Saturday, but his ailing right ankle has proved to be problematic.
During pitchers' fielding practice prior to Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers, Hernandez felt discomfort in the ankle and will need to skip a start. Cleveland announced following the game that right-hander Jeanmar Gomez would start on Saturday.
Manager Manny Acta was not available for comment.
Hernandez, who is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA since rejoining the rotation, sprained his ankle in the third inning of Monday's 3-0 loss to the A's. The right-hander tested the injury during a mound session on Wednesday, and the club indicated that he would be able to pitch as planned against Texas.
That plan has now changed.
Gomez was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and added to the bullpen. He began the season as the Indians' No. 4 starter, and went 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) for the Tribe. He logged one shutout inning in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the A's.