Smoke signals

Smoke signals

Corey Kluber will pitch a simulated game Monday in Cleveland, and if all goes well, he may be back in the Indians' rotation by the end of the week. Kluber said his injured right middle finger felt good after throwing all of his pitches -- including his curveball -- in a Friday bullpen session.

• The Indians shipped Matt Langwell to the D-backs as the player to be named in their trade for outfielder Jason Kubel. Langwell has bounced between Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland this season, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings across five appearances for the Tribe.

At Columbus, Langwell went 3-4 with a 2.24 ERA in 42 appearances, striking out 52 in 60 1/3 innings.

• The Indians designated infielder Juan Diaz and outfielder Tim Fedroff for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Shoppach and Ramirez.

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.