Smoke signals

Nyjer Morgan was feeling discomfort in his left calf after coming out of the batters box on an eighth-inning double. He was pulled for a pinch runner as a precaution.

"Hopefully just a cramp," Francona said. "But we wanted to be a little careful and we got him out of there. We'll let him get looked at back there in the morning, but the hope is it's just a cramp."

• Francona said he told starter Corey Kluber after Wednesday's game that the righty would be the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation behind Justin Masterson, who was told this week he'd be the team's Opening Day starter.

"I think he kind of knew. He's been following Masty. I wanted to let him know so it gives me a reason to brag about him and [the media] can write about him, which I like, because I think he deserves it," Francona said. "I think Corey quietly is becoming one of the better pitchers in the game and it's going to be fun to watch him grow."

• Outfielder David Murphy started in right field Wednesday, appearing in a game for the first time since Sunday, and in the field for the first time since March 6, while dealing with a sore left elbow.

"We DHed him a couple days to keep his at-bats on schedule," Francona said. "He would have played through it. I don't think there's a reason to do that right now. With 'B' games, DHing, we can get guys their at-bats."

Murphy went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

• The Indians have another "B" game scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in Goodyear. Carrasco, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, is expected to throw four innings. He has given up six hits (one home run) and three runs (one earned) in seven innings this spring, walking one and striking out nine.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.