PAWTUCKET, RI – Rain in the state of Rhode Island has forced Tuesday’s scheduled series opener between the Indianapolis Indians and Pawtucket Red Sox to be pushed back.
The teams will do battle at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday as regularly planned, with Tuesday’s game being made up on Thursday as a part of a doubleheader expected to begin at 12:05 p.m.
Tyler Eppler (2-0, 1.06 ERA) is still penciled in to start for the Tribe in Wednesday’s game. The 24-year-old righty has been Indy’s best starter thus far in 2017, surrendering only two runs over the course of 17 innings pitched.
Clay Holmes (0-1, 5.06 ERA) is expected to start in game one of Thursday’s twin bill, with Indianapolis’ game two’s starter still to be determined.
Tribe reliever Dovydas Neverauskas was called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates and made his debut with the club on Monday. Neverauskas threw two innings of one-run ball versus the Chicago Cubs, making him the first ever born and raised Lithuanian to play in the major leagues. Outfielder Joe Zapustas played for the Philadelphia A’s in 1933, but grew up in Boston after being born in Lithuania.
Right-hander Johnny Barbato was also promoted to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Reliever Brett McKinney and outfielder Eury Perez join the Indians from the West Virginia Black Bears to make up for the losses of Neverauskas and Barbato.