Jason Kipnis is getting the day off Thursday.
Indians manager Terry Francona is continuing to find rest for his regulars with the American League Central all wrapped up. Carlos Santana will also sit Thursday. Michael Martinez is at second base and batting ninth versus Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris.
Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' lineup again on Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.
Murphy hasn't started a game for the Nats since September 17 because of a strained glute, though he has been able to make some pinch-hitting appearances and he is expected to be a full-go for the best-of-five NLDS next week against the Dodgers. Wilmer Difo is playing second base and batting second on Thursday afternoon against Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray.
Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.
Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray.
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Thursday that the goal is to start Corey Kluber (quad) in Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS.
Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers after suffering a mild quadriceps strain and won't make another appearance in the regular season, but he was able to play catch on Thursday morning and the Indians sound optimistic that he'll be ready to rock for one of the first two games of the best-of-five Division Series. "[Kluber] is not going to not make that start," said Callaway. "He'd be like Curt Schilling. He's going to go out there and pitch."
Danny Salazar (forearm) tossed 30-plus pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.
He only threw his fastball and changeup, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Salazar would be limited to those two pitches anyway if he's able to return as a reliever in the postseason. Salazar is attempting to rehab a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He has not been ruled out for the ALDS.