CLEVELAND: The Indians finally have a clue why Josh Tomlin has struggled with his control this season: His right elbow hurts.
Tomlin gave up seven runs, five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief in the Tribe's 14-1 loss to the Red Sox Sunday. After the game, manager Manny Acta and Tomlin revealed that he has a physical problem.
“”He had this last year,’’ Acta said. “”He has some tenderness (in the right elbow) once in awhile. We want him checked out. Your command can be one of the first things to go (because of an injury).’’
Originally, Tomlin planned to visit Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum, a prominent orthopedist at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Southern California. But Yocum can't fit him into his schedule, so Tomlin will stay home and be examined at the Cleveland Clinic.
How long has the elbow hurt?
“”It’s been more than a month,’’ Tomlin said, adding that he did not tell the Tribe’s medical staff that his arm was aching.
“”Not really,’’ he said. “”I felt I could go out there and get guys out, but I couldn’t.’’
Tomlin was diagnosed last year with a strained elbow and didn’t pitch after Aug. 24. Doctors felt rest would resolve the problem.
Tomlin has spent an fitful season trying to duplicate his past success, compiling a 5-8 record and 5.82 earned-run average.