CLEVELAND - Corey Kluber wasn't needed after all. Rain at least diluted Cleveland's pitching problems for one day.
And maybe cooled off the Yankees.
Recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make an emergency start against New York, Kluber never even got a chance to warm up as the Indians and Yankees were postponed by rain Wednesday night. After the start was delayed for 50 minutes, the third game of the four-game series was postponed with no makeup scheduled.
The teams will play the series-shortened finale on Thursday night, weather permitting. With the forecast for more showers, there's no guarantee they'll get it in. The Yankees will return at a future date to play the makeup.
The washout gave the Indians' jumbled rotation a day to regroup after the Yankees scored 25 runs in Cleveland's first two home games.
Earlier, the Indians were sent into scramble mode following Tuesday night's game when starter Carlos Carrasco was ejected for hitting Kevin Youkilis with a pitch and manager Terry Francona chose to use Brett Myers, who had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, to pitch the final 5 1-3 innings of a 14-1 loss.
Kluber was promoted, Carrasco was optioned to the minors and the Indians were in line to use their seventh starter in nine games.
They needed a break, and they got one.
"Hey, this can be a nice little pick-me-up for the staff," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "It's a day to relax, come out the next day and go get 'em."
Zach McAllister will start Thursday against New York's Phil Hughes. Now that he's no longer penciled in for a start, Kluber will work out of the bullpen.
Francona is hoping Carrasco can duck another suspension.
Carrasco, who just finished serving a suspension for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler in 2011, is facing further discipline after he was ejected in the fourth inning Tuesday for hitting Youkilis in the left shoulder - one pitch after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano.
Following the game, an apologetic Carrasco said he slipped on the pitch to Youkilis.