KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cleveland ace Corey Kluber had a long-toss session and Indians right-hander Danny Salazar threw on the side on Friday, providing a pair of encouraging signs for the injury-riddled AL Central champions.The Indians will begin the playoffs with only two healthy veteran starting pitchers; right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Left-hander Rick Merritt made his first big league start Friday at Kansas City after three relief appearances.Cleveland also placed Carlos Carrasco on the 60-day disabled list before the series opener against the Royals, sidelining the right-hander for the rest of the year. Carrasco broke the pinkie finger on his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive on Sept. 17.Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner, left his start Monday with a strained quadriceps. Salazar, an All-Star selection this year, has a forearm strain.Kluber is 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA in 32 starts this year.Hes not on the mound yet, but hes keeping his arm nice and stretched out, Indians manager Terry Francona said. And hes making progress, too.Francona said he does not know when Kluber will throw off the mound.We can set up all we want, but until hes ready we dont want to, Francona said. Hell push enough. We dont need to push.The Indians are optimistic Kluber could start the second or third game of the American League Division Series if he has no setbacks.Salazar, who has not pitched since Sept. 9, could throw a simulated game Monday.Its not necessarily etched in stone, but its probably the next thing hell do, Francona said.Also Friday, the Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the 60-day DL. 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GOLD COAST, Australia -- Adam Scott put together back-to-back rounds of 68 and feels like hes really back in the swing of things as he heads into the weekend at the Australian PGA Championship four shots off the pace.Andrew Dodt followed his opening 65 with a 67 on Friday to hold the halfway lead at 12 under, two shots ahead of fellow Australian Ashley Hall and four clear of Scott and New Zealander Ryan Fox, who share third place.Harold Varner III had a long, eventful morning before finishing before lunch at 7 under -- good enough to hold up for outright fifth after two rounds. He was up 2:45 a.m., finished his first round in a share of the lead after a 65, and took the lead early in the second round before back-to-back double-bogeys on his sixth and seventh holes -- the 15th and 16th holes at Royal Pines Resort. He picked up birdies on three of his last five holes for an even-par second round of 72.Scott had an afternoon start on Friday and only had to focus on his second round. Half the field had to get up before dawn for a 5:30 a.m. tee off to finish off the first round which was postponed late Thursday because of lightning and rain. Ian Poulter was among them, getting up at 3:30 -- something hes never had to do in 17 years on the tour. The 40-year-old Englishman had a 68 in his second round and was 4 under for the tournament.Scott, who spent time on the Gold Coast while growing up in Queensland, known as Australias Sunshine State, didnt think it was too much of a hardship for the rest of the field.You get up at 5 anyway here in Queensland, the former world No. 1 said.. I felt like a sleep in.Scott had five birdies and a bogey on Fridday, and was hitting most greens with ease, making it fairly stress free.ddddddddddddIts the best Ive hit in a few weeks, said Scott, who had slow starts at the Australian Open and at the World Cup of Golf last month. It was nice to find it. I havent had that crisp stroke through the ball for two weeks.Ive been very cautious not to hit it too far off line -- I was in a spot today where I could trust it.Dodt finished with a bogey on the 18th on Friday after a previously blemish-free round.I hit the green on the last, but unfortunately rushed my first putt and then missed the one coming back. So it was a frustrating way to finish ... but Im not going to beat myself up about it too badly.Hall finished runner-up to Jordan Spieth at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney last month, saying the result saved him from having to go out and get a job to support his family.He finished with a 65 in the first round, waking up at 3:17 a.m. to make it to the early start, and went through the second round in 69.It was a record -- 3.17 isnt really a good time to wake up but everyone else did it, he said.After starting on the back nine, Hall was down to 11 under before a triple bogey 7 at the 412-meter 4th hole.I was kind of cruising along before a little speed hump, but I got it back in the end, Hall said. I hit it right off the tee. It was a pretty bad shot actually. It hit the cart path and ended up in the hazard. Took a drop backward a little bit to try and hit the shot over the tree and in the bunker and 3-putted from there. ' ' '