Worth noting

Asdrubal Cabrera was in the starting lineup on Thursday, batting second and playing shortstop a day after getting hit by a pitch on the side of his right knee during the 13th inning on Wednesday. "I was worried," Francona said. "He said he felt ready to go."

• The Indians transferred Nyjer Morgan from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL before Thursday's game in order to make room for Lowe on the 40-man roster. Morgan has been on the DL since May 15 with a sprained right knee.

• Crockett's demotion wasn't because of anything he did, Francona said on Thursday. The manager isn't even thinking of it as a demotion -- the rookie with the 2.08 ERA in 4 1/3 innings was simply a casualty of necessary roster moves. "This is not something that we wanted to do," Francona said. "I don't doubt that he's going to be back here and helping us win."

David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.