Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Chatwood has a busy delivery that the Cubs need to harness.
Indians: Francona said all reports are good on OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) after he had two hits for Triple-A Columbus on Monday. Chisenhall has been sidelined since April 7. … Francona said OF Bradley Zimmer (bruised left rib) could be ready to play by the weekend, whether he returns from the disabled list or goes on a rehab assignment.
Meanwhile, Cleveland (23-23) will try to sweep the short series and climb back above .500 for the first time in more than a week. The Indians lead the underwhelming American League Central Division despite their slow start.
The Cubs will turn to left-hander Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52 ERA) to try to create positive momentum in his 10th start. The 34-year-old has limited opponents to 40 hits in 50 innings this season while walking 21 and striking out 44.
Lester’s resume includes three World Series rings. He is 163-93 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 big league seasons, which include 2,234 1/3 innings.
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An even 102 innings of those have been against the Indians. Lester is 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 career starts.
By comparison, Indians right-hander Adam Plutko (1-0, 3.68 ERA) Kawann Short Youth jersey is a neophyte. He will make his second career start and his fourth career appearance for Cleveland, which drafted him in the 11th round out of UCLA in 2013.
Plutko never has faced the Cubs. He has an opportunity to seize the Indians’ fifth-starter job in place of struggling veteran Josh Tomlin, who was demoted to the bullpen several days ago.
If you look at Adam’s track record, one of the key reasons for his success has been his fastball command, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said recently to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Last year, he was not able to do that whether it was because of health or performance.
This year, he’s pitched like he did early in his minor league career and in college at UCLA.
Tomlin, 33, has handled his demotion to the bullpen like a professional. He allowed a 433-foot home run to the Cubs’ Ian Happ in the ninth inning of the series opener. He is 0-4 with a 7.88 ERA in 32 innings this season.