KANSAS CITY — Cleveland finalized its pitching plans for the final series of the year with Eli Morgan and Triston McKenzie — as scheduled — set to start Friday and Saturday in Texas, respectively. On Sunday, Aaron Civale will jump ahead of Cal Quantrill in the rotation to start the final game of the season.
So, where does that leave Quantrill?
“[With] a very good handshake [and] a pat on the back,” Indians acting manager DeMarlo Hale said with a grin.
Quantrill’s 2021 season has officially come to an end after a three-run, six-inning performance against the Royals in a makeup game at Progressive Field on Monday. And even though he won’t make another start — Monday’s was his 22nd of the year — the amount of information the club learned about the right-hander this season was invaluable.
Quantrill was on the bubble between reliever and starter entering Spring Training this year. He’s noted that his preference is to start, but he’s had limited opportunities in his brief big league career, making 18 starts in 2019 with the Padres and just three with the Padres and Indians combined in 2020. Because he’s been successful in his time in relief, it was an easier decision to move him to the bullpen to start the year when Logan Allen forced his way on the Opening Day roster with an electric spring campaign.
But once Cleveland started facing some obstacles with the pitching…