Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber throws 3 no-hit innings in first start since injury

Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber retired all nine batters in his first start for the Indians since missing over three months because of a strained right shoulder.

The American League Cy Young Award winner last season, Bieber struck out three and threw 34 pitches in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Cleveland interim manager DeMarlo Hale said before the game that Bieber would be on a pitch count. He threw 57 pitches in a minor league rehab game Sunday.

Bieber, who made it clear during his lengthy rehab that he wanted to return this season, is 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 15 starts. He went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 starts during the shortened 2020 season.

In other team news, shortstop Amed Rosario was activated from the COVID-19 list. He had previously been on the bereavement list and missed additional time because of health and safety protocols.

The Indians optioned infielder Ernie Clement, left-hander Francisco Perez and right-hander J.C. Mejia to Triple-A Columbus. Right-hander Nick Sandlin (sore shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.