TORONTO: Ask manager Manny Acta who will start Tuesday night against the Red Sox, and he'll say he doesn't know if he'll be alive by then, so he won't know the answer until Monday.
It's a joke, folks, but the Indians' rotation is not, at least the Tribe's deep thinkers hope it isn't. Right now, the starters include Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin. Mitch Talbot is on disabled list for at least one more start and maybe more. Jeanmar Gomez is in the rotation for now; he is pitching today and probably will stay for the time being.
That still leaves Cleveland one starter short. It would appear that David Huff has the best chance of making the start in Boston on Tuesday. For one thing, he's healthy, Carlos Carrasco, whom the Tribe would like to look at, is still nursing what is alleged to be a minor elbow injury.
""Ideally, you'd like to have five guys in the rotation and not change,'' Acta said. ""But we want to see Carrasco, and the injury put a hold on that. There are some guys (Talbot, for one) whose innings we'll want to manage later in the season, so we should be able to look at a couple of other starters. ASnthony Reyes is one, but we don't know in what role.''
Reyes is on a rehab assignment after undergoing right elbow reconstruction surgery last year. Team officials consider him a starter, but he might work out of the bullpen if he returns to the mound in September.