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Clippers Carrasco and Tomlin could get look soon

By sstorm Published: July 15, 2010

Indians manager Manny Acta said during the Indians workout Thursday that he no plans to change the club's starting rotation after the four-day All-Star break.

"Other than having that double header (Saturday), we're not changing anything," he said. "Jake (Westbrook) is starting the first game (Friday) and Fausto (Carmona) will follow from there. The only little maneuvering we have to do is for that double header."

Acta confirmed the team will look to Triple-A Columbus for a spot starter for the second game of Saturday's dad-night double header, noting the current need is just for just one game.

"Unless he throws a perfect game," Acta joked. "If that happens, then we'll have to change our minds."

Although Acta isn't ready to publicly name the spot starter for the second game of Saturday's double dip, he spoke well about Clippers right-handers Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin.

"We are going to take a look at Carrasco at some point," Acta said. "And the way Tomlin is pitching is hard to ignore, too."

Carrasco, who came to Cleveland in the trade that sent left-hander and reigning Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Philadelphia at the trading deadline last season and struggled with the Tribe during a stint then, has gone 7-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 17 starts at Triple-A Columbus so far this year.

In 102 2/3 innings, he owns an 89-to-38 strikeout-to-walk ratio, but opponents are hitting a healthy .274 against him.

Tomlin, the Indians 19th selection in the 2006 draft out of Texas Tech, is 8-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) with the Clippers.

In 94 1/3 innings he's struck out 66 batters compared to issuing 30 walks and opponents are hitting a mere .211 against him.

"(Tomlin) is a name that's in the mix," Acta said.

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