On Sunday, March 10, 2013, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona called Zach McAllister into his office. During spring training such an event can often yield mixed results, be it a trip to minor league camp, a trade, or an outright release. For McAllister it was good news—he earned the fourth spot in the Indians’ Opening Day rotation.
"It's like getting called into the principal's office," McAllister said. "You never really know."
As it currently stands, the starting rotation has one spot remaining with Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Brett Myers already earning their place. Scott Kazmir, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Trevor Bauer, and Carlos Carrasco are all in the mix for the fifth spot, with Bauer likely starting the season in the minors to gain more professional experience.
David Huff had been competing for the fifth spot but feels he has a better chance at making the team competing for a bullpen role. Huff is currently out of minor league options.
The Cleveland Indians open the regular season against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Toronto.
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