CLEVELAND: The Indians will have to make a roster move before today’s game when pitcher Josh Tomlin is called up from Triple-A Columbus to start against the Minnesota Twins. He will fill the rotation spot recently created by Carlos Carrasco’s move to the bullpen.
Tomlin, a right-hander, was named the International League Pitcher of the Week Monday after tossing a three-hit shutout against the Durham Bulls on 89 pitches Thursday. Tomlin, 29, struck out a season-high 10 and did not issue a walk. In his past two starts for the Clippers, Tomlin (2-1, 2.06 ERA) pitched 17 scoreless innings, struck out 16 and did not walk a batter.
That odd man out is likely to be catcher George Kottaras, who was called up Saturday to replace Yan Gomes, who left the team for the birth of his daughter and returned Monday night.
Kottaras was hitting .080 at Columbus, but he made an immediate impact with the Indians, hitting home runs in his first two at-bats in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
“We’d love to keep him,” manager Terry Francona said of Kottaras, 30, whom he managed with the Boston Red Sox for 48 games during the 2008 and ’09 seasons. “We’re going to have to walk through it probably daily for a while to see what fits and how we make it fit.”
WARMING UP THE TREADMILL — Francona said Monday that center fielder Michael Bourn seemed close to returning to the lineup despite having just left Saturday’s game in the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring.
The hamstring is the same one Bourn had surgery on in the offseason and sent him to the disabled list to start the season.
Bourn was scheduled to test his hamstring by running on a treadmill.
— Stephanie Storm