For the first time since May 21, Zach McAllister will take the mound in an Indians uniform when he starts Saturday's tilt with the White Sox at Progressive Field.
McAllister, who went 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA through his first 10 starts with the Tribe, has spent most of the last two months on the 15-day disabled list (back soreness) and with Triple-A Columbus, where he has gone 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts. He registered 34 strikeouts to just seven walks in 36 1/3 innings.
The team had originally planned on starting McAllister back on June 18, but the game was rained out and Cleveland opted to go with a four-man rotation up to the end of the month because of a quirky schedule.
"How he handled being there is probably just as important as anything, because I think it's something that he didn't necessarily want to do," said Tribe manager Terry Francona, who noted that much of McAllister's success will depend on how he locates his inside fastball.
McAllister insisted that he did not try to make any mechanical tweaks during his stay in the Minors, but the right-hander is still encouraged by his recent performances.
"I've been happy with how I've thrown down there," McAllister said. "You have to make the most of your opportunities wherever you're at, whatever level it is you've got to take advantage of it. I felt like I was able to do that, get in a pretty good rhythm and hopefully I can continue to do that."
The White Sox will counter with right-hander Scott Carroll, who earned his third Major League win on Monday after tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox. He allowed just one hit, struck out five and issued a pair of walks in his third quality start of the season.
"From the very beginning, even the first batter, I could tell that my ball was going to be low and I was able to make pitches," Carroll said. "I really wanted to work on rhythm from the windup. I worked on that in my bullpen. Better rhythm and tempo. It's something I translated into the game tonight."
Indians: House optioned; Adams gets the call
The Tribe bolstered its bullpen on Friday, optioning lefty T.J. House to Triple-A Columbus and calling right-hander Austin Adams up from the same affiliate to take his place.
Adams, who has posted a 2.29 ERA in 30 games with Columbus, will get his first crack at the big leagues after a long climb through the Minors that was further delayed by season-ending shoulder surgery in 2012. The 27-year-old comes in to the fold having not allowed a run since May 26, recording 13 consecutive scoreless appearances while striking out 16 in 17 1/3 innings during that span.
"Last year was a big stepping stone," Adams said, "just being healthy all year and placing myself [back] on the map. Now, I feel like I've done a good job of staying healthy and showing I can still compete."
House (1-2, 4.40 ERA) started against the Yankees on Thursday and thus would not have been able to pitch again before the All-Star break. The rookie southpaw will make his next start on Wednesday with Class A Mahoning Valley before rejoining the Indians on July 21 in Minnesota.
"This is not an indictment on T.J. We were going to do it anyway," Francona said.
White Sox: Top Draft pick Rodon signs
First-round left-hander Carlos Rodon signed with the White Sox on Friday after agreeing to a signing bonus worth $6.582 million.
Rodon, the third overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was widely considered one of the top prospects in college baseball after posting a 2.01 ERA and 117 strikeouts over 98 2/3 innings for North Carolina State last season. He has not pitched in a live game since May 16 -- his final start for the Wolfpack -- so his big league debut may have to wait until 2015.
Even so, the club is delighted to have the crown jewel of its Draft class under contract.
"Obviously we are thrilled to add Carlos to the organization today," general manager Rick Hahn said. "Going back for about a year now, when it was evident we would be picking toward the top of the Draft and with the talent available, Carlos was our main target."
• Catcher George Kottaras was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals on Friday after he was designated for assignment by the Indians on Monday. In 10 games, he hit .286 with three home runs -- two of which came in his season debut.
• Jose Abreu's 28 home runs are the second most for a rookie in White Sox history behind Ron Kittle, who went yard 35 times in 1983.
• Tribe outfielder Chris Dickerson is 8-for-17 with four runs in five games since being acquired in a trade with the Pirates on Monday.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.