September 30, 2014

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Indians: Tomlin placed on DL with wrist injury

CLEVELAND – A struggling Indians rotation will be without Josh Tomlin for at least two weeks after the right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with an injury to his right wrist.

Tomlin was originally scratched from his scheduled start in Boston on Saturday before the Indians chose to put him on the injured list later in the day, feeling he would miss at least two starts.

Right-hander Zach McAllister was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the start against the Red Sox, and will likely remain in Cleveland’s rotation until Tomlin is ready to return.

Tomlin (1-2, 4.67 ERA) was off to a mediocre start through six appearances (five starts), but did work a positive outing his last time out, allowing just two runs on five hits, while striking out a career-high eight batters over 7 1/3 innings of a 3-2 win over the White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on Monday. Tomlin pitched through consistent rain during the outing and told reporters he might have sustained the injury in an effort to grip the wet ball.

Ironically enough, McAllister started the opening game of the doubleheader, notching his first big league victory after allowing two earned runs on six hits, and striking out five in six innings of an 8-6 win, before being optioned back to Columbus. McAllister, who is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts for the Clippers, went 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in four starts for the Indians last year. He was acquired in a trade with the Yankees for outfielder Austin Kearns during the 2010 season.

The Indians also made a number of other moves, demoting utility infielder Jason Donald and recalling veteran Jose Lopez from Columbus to take his place. Both Donald and Lopez made the team out of training camp, but Lopez was designated for assignment when Cleveland activated outfielder Johnny Damon.

Donald hit just .178 with four RBIs in 16 games, playing mostly as a pinch runner. Lopez played in just five games for the Indians, batting .190 with a home run and four RBIs before accepting the minor league assignment. He hit .522 with four doubles and four RBIs in five games for the Clippers.

To make room for Lopez on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated Double-A Akron outfielder Nick Weglarz for assignment. Weglarz, a third-round draft pick in 2005, was once considered one of Cleveland’s top prospects. He’s hitting .202 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 24 games for the Aeros.

Cleveland’s rotation has faltered as of late, with No. 1 starter Justin Masterson off to a slow start at 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA, and Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 5.18) and Jeanmar Gomez (2-2, 4.66) coming off sub par outings. Only 38-year-old right-hander Derek Lowe (5-1, 2.47) has given the Indians consistent outings.

 

 

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