Josh Tomlin will get the first crack at replacing Carlos Carrasco in the Cleveland Indians‘ rotation. He and Trevor Bauer were the front-runners to replace Carrasco after he was moved to the bullpen last week.
Tomlin will go up against the Minnesota Twins today, a team he has struggled against in the past going 1-3 with a 7.67 ERA in six appearances (five starts). But this is a completely different Twins team than he faced a few years ago, with only a few holdovers from when Tomlin last pitched against them. He should be able to get off to a nice start against a weak Twins lineup in his most recent stint with the Indians.
It’s been a long way back to Major League Baseball for Tomlin, having Tommy John surgery in August of 2012 and only pitching once in all of the 2013 campaign for the Tribe. Once Carrasco got the nod to start the 2014 season in the rotation, it wasn’t very clear when Tomlin would get another shot to start for the Indians or any other major league team for that matter.
Bauer was the most likely pitcher to get the call-up from Triple A Columbus by Terry Francona, but the Tribe skipper decided to go with the 29-year-old Tomlin. The Texas Tech product has always had great control when on the mound, but he has had trouble with giving up the big inning and keeping the ball from leaving the park.
It will be interesting to see what Tomlin will do with his latest opportunity to pitch for the Indians. Bauer is lurking, and it’s doubtful that Tomlin’s leash will be very long if he is to pitch poorly. Since the other four pitchers in the rotation are pitching pretty well, this is the only spot remaining. Even with all that being said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Tomlin sticking in the Tribe rotation for the remainder of the 2014 season.