Indians manager Terry Francona made official Saturday what many had already figured – right-hander Josh Tomlin will rejoin the Indians and return to the starting rotation next week, starting Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Tomlin, who has gone up and down from Cleveland to Triple-A Columbus a couple times already this season, was optioned to Columbus July 26 when Zach McAllister was recalled to start. Now, Tomlin is taking McAllister’s spot in the rotation after the struggling McAllister was designated for assignment on Friday, with the intention of optioning him to Columbus.
Tomlin (5-7, 4.47 ERA) has struggled for the most part recently, going 1-5 in his last eight starts in the big leagues. Subtract his brilliant one-hitter in Seattle June 28, and Tomlin’s ERA would be 6.99 over that rough stretch. One of Tomlin’s biggest problems has been his inclination to serve up home runs.
In his last start in Columbus Thursday, Tomlin gave up two runs on four hits over five innings and struck out six. However, the two runs came on solo homers in the Clippers 6-2 loss to Louisville.
BOURN'S PLAN B - With rain causing the batting practice to be moved inside Saturday late afternoon, the Indians had to find a Plan B for injured center fielder Michael Bourn to be able to test his nagging left hamstring running the bases.
As it turns out, Quicken Loans Arena across the street from Progressive Field was about to host a playoff game for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, so the wood floor the Cavs use had been covered with artificial turf.
After a quick call to ok the switch, the Indians training staff laid bases down on the turf, allowing Bourn to run and get his work in. Francona said Bourn, on the Disabled List since July 6, would run the bases again Monday before determining where and when he might make a minor league rehab stint.