Mike Clevinger has pitched himself into the Indians' starting rotation. Clevinger threw three scoreless innings and struck out six on Monday in a 8-1 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Dodger manager Dave Roberts used a lineup that helped him reach Game 7 of the World Series last year and Clevinger handled it with ease. He retired eight straight - striking out six - before walking Trayce Thompson in the third. He faced 10 Dodgers, allowing one baserunner. "As we stand right now, he's going to be in the rotation," manager Terry Francona told mlb.com after the game. "Danny (Salazar) is not going to be ready. We're looking for Clev to have a big year. He's strong, and he should be able to be that innings-eater type pitcher." Salazar reported to spring training with an inflamed right rotator cuff. He's playing long toss at 90 feet, and Monday morning Francona said he could be ready to start throwing off the mound in a couple of days. But with the season starting on March 29, Salazar won't have enough time to get ready and will almost assuredly open the season on the disabled list. Clevinger gives the Indians four starters along with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. Josh Tomlin and Ryan Merritt are still competing for the fifth spot. Tomlin got knocked around in his last start, and Merritt allowed four runs in the seventh inning Monday against the Dodgers.