Pitcher Zach McAllister selected Cleveland Indians' No. 4 starter

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona ended some of the drama about his starting rotation.

Francona picked right-hander Zach McAllister to be the club's No. 4 starter, leaving just one opening for Cleveland to fill before the end of spring training.

McAllister came to camp as the favorite, and the 25-year-old has not disappointed during workouts and exhibition outings. McAllister, who went 6-8 in 22 starts for the Indians last season, will be in Cleveland's rotation behind Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers. The Indians are still looking for a No. 5 starter, with Scott Kazmir, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco all in the mix.

David Huff, who had been competing for the fifth spot, will try for a bullpen role, Francona said.

"When we come to a decision, we felt we should tell them instead of making them wait," Francona said Sunday. "We want them to settle in and get ready for the season."

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