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Tomlin less than two weeks away?

By Sheldon Ocker Published: August 23, 2013

CLEVELAND: Josh Tomlin pitched five innings in his latest rehab start and probably will rejoin the Indians in September.

Manager Terry Francona isn’t making any predictions about when the right-hander (who underwent elbow reconstruction surgery last year) will return, but he’s running out of time to pitch in the Tribe farm system.

“”Hopefully, Josh will get two more starts before the minor-league season is over, and we can decide what we want to do,’’ Francona said.

By that time, Francona said that Tomlin’s arm should be stretched out to 90 pitches.

The manager said last week that Tomlin will not be used in the bullpen, because of the stress it would put on his arm to repeatedy have to warm and sit down during the course of a game. More than likely, Tomlin will be used if the Tribe needs a spot starter.

 Ryan Raburn had to pass one more test before he returnes to the lineup.

“”We’re having him looked at by a doctor today before we put him in a game,’’ Francona said today. “”We want to make sure (his sore calf is not an issue).’’

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