Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Indians first baseman/right fielder Nick Swisher was dealing with some soreness on Monday after fouling a pitch off a knee during Sunday's game, according to Francona. Swisher was still in Monday's starting lineup as Cleveland's right fielder for the game against Texas. Francona said Raburn was "on alert" in case Swisher needs to be removed.

Francona added that it was good to see Swisher snap out of his 0-for-26 slide at the plate with a single during Sunday's game in Detroit.

"Yeah," Francona said. "I'd love to be smart enough to understand, because when you think about it it shouldn't matter. But, it does. Those type of things can get in your head a little bit. So I think everybody relaxes a little bit [when it's over]."

• Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who is two games into a seven-game suspension, threw off a mound on Monday at Rangers Ballpark. Callaway noted that Carrasco would likely throw a two- or three-inning simulated game against Minor League hitters on the team's off-day Thursday. Cleveland can bring Carrasco back to start on June 17 or 18.

• According to the Associated Press, Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife Melanie pleaded not guilty on Monday to misdemeanor possession charges after marijuana was mailed to their rental home in Rocky River, Ohio. There is a court date is set for June 19, though Perez and his wife have requested that a requirement to be present at the hearing be dropped.

• The Indians entered Monday having lost 11 straight road games. That marked the longest road losing streak in one season for the team since 2009. Cleveland noted on Sunday that the previous losing road streak of at least 11 games occurred in 1991, but the club issued a correction on Monday.

Quote to note
"Be consistent. I think whatever personality you have, you have to stay that way. If you're a yeller, you yell. You've just got to be consistent, because it's a long year. If you go up and down, I think you're asking your team to do the same thing."
--Francona, on the role of a manager during a losing streak

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