Want a clue about how badly the Indians didn't want to see Carlos Carrasco start Wednesday against the Angels?

So much so that they're going to start Zach McAllister on three days rest for the first time in his career and put Carrasco in the bullpen. This will be Carrasco's second trip to the bullpen and it sounds like he'll be staying there for a while.

The Indians will need another starter during the upcoming homestand. The scheduled date for his first start will be May 6 against the Twins. Trevor Bauer or Josh Tomlin are the leading candidates to replace Carrasco.

"Zach threw 75 pitches in his last outing (Saturday) so he's in good shape to go Wednesday," said manager Terry Francona. "We put Carlos in the bullpen that way we fortify the bullpen. Hopefully, we'll get him on a roll and he can help us out there.

"In talking with Mickey (pitching coach Mickey Callaway)i and Chris (Antonetti, general manager), we want to keep our starters on the fifth day right now. They're starting to get a little rhythm."

McAllister allowed four runs on five hits in five innings in a 5-3 loss to the Giants on Saturday. He struck out six, walked one and threw 53 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

Francona said he talked to McAllister at length to make sure he was all right on pitching on short rest.

"Saturday was a shorter outing for me as far as pitch count goes," said McAllister. "So I was able to bounce back and feel good."

McAllister threw his bullpen session before Monday night's game.