RHP Josh Tomlin will make his major league debut for the Tribe when he starts Tuesday night versus the Yankees in place of Aaron Laffey, who is on the DL with left shoulder fatigue. Tomlin, 25, had a 2.86 ERA in 20 appearances (17 starts) for the Columbus Clippers. Since Tomlin was not on the 40-man roster, a move will have to be made prior to the game to clear space on the roster.
According to this blurb about Tomlin on mlb.com, right hander Carlos Carrasco’s (already on the 40-man roster) recent elbow stiffness was not a factor into the decision, and Jenmar Gomez (on the 40-man), who was fantastic in his spot start versus the Tigers and David Huff (on the 40-man) were also considered … but the Indians decided they needed to make a roster move instead just to give this guy a start?
So while Dan Haren has been dealt to the Angels – seemingly bumping Jake Westbrook up in line in the trade queue, Westbrook still hasn’t been dealt yet, as he throws tonight versus the Yankees, it makes you wonder why the Indians rushed to get this guy up here. His stats are decent, but he’s not one of out top prospects, and the rush to make a roster move just seems silly.
The Indians effectively bought themselves two weeks to make a roster move when they switched RF Shin-Soo Choo from the DL and placed Laffey on the DL. Makes you wonder why they’d only use four days of it. Makes you think they already knew what they were going to do, barring a trade.
It’s pretty sure it’s going to be Andy Marte, and I’m not gonna lie, I might get a little sentimental on here tomorrow. I am a Marte supporter, although it’s become more of a joke than anything else. My very first post at Deep Left Field made a case for Andy Marte. Some might say I have a man-crush on Marte, it’s more like that I went way out on a limb for him and I refuse to come off that limb, because while I most likely am wrong about Marte, if I’m right, I can hold it over everyone’s head, because everyone hates this guy but me. But he does need a change of scenery. He will never be given a chance to succeed in Cleveland. Not by the management, not by the fans, and not by the media (although he will always have a home in Deep Left Field). Of course, Marte has somehow stuck on this club for years now, without us getting rid of him, so I won’t be surprised if Andy Marte is still donning a Cleveland #25 after tomorrow.
But if he isn’t … expect a song or poem here tomorrow.