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Carrasco named fifth starter, Tomlin to Columbus

Carrasco named fifth starter, Tomlin to Columbus
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March 26, 2014
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Indians manager Terry Francona informed his players this morning of the final decisions for the opening day roster, and named Carlos Carrasco as the fifth starter. Josh Tomlin was in the mix for the final rotation spot, but will go to Triple-A Columbus so he can continue to start and be on call for when the Indians have a need in the starting rotation.

Carrasco was out of options which weighed the decision in his favor as had he not been out of options it is very possible that Tomlin may have been named to the final rotation spot. With Justin Masterson nearing free agency and the Indians needing starting pitching alternatives, the Indians need to exhaust every opportunity with Carrasco as a starter and will use the first month or two of the season to see once and for all if Carrasco can be a part of their rotation.

Tomlin will be the first option the Indians call upon this season, and there will be ample opportunities for him to return to Cleveland as injuries and performance will likely push him into the rotation on a short or long term basis at some point. With the uncertainty of Carrasco as well as three other starters in Corey KluberZach McAllister and Danny Salazar who have never pitched a full Major League season, he could get an opportunity at some point.

With Carrasco in the rotation and Tomlin sent to Columbus, the Indians also finalized the last two spots on the roster naming Blake Wood and Scott Atchison as their seventh and eighth bullpen options.

Wood has an option remaining so could have been sent to Columbus to start the season, but he has a nice spring and his power arm and upside is exciting and something the Indians want to see from the outset of the season. Atchison will be the long man and a utility pitcher who eats a lot of the middle innings in games a starter does not make it through five or six innings or pitch in games that are out of hand to save innings for other relievers. He is not on the 40-man roster, so another roster move will need to be made to add him.

The Indians have to add Atchison, Jason Giambi and Nyjer Morgan to the roster this weekend, and with no player that appears to fit a placement on the 60-day DL the Indians will need to designate three players for assignment. The players that appear in danger of being DFAed are Colt HynesFrank HerrmannScott BarnesPreston Guilmet and Justin Sellers.

User Comments

March 27, 2014 - 12:46 AM EDT
Yep MT, I have been on the Tomlin bandwagon for quite a few years, and don't like this decision.
MT88 in WI
March 26, 2014 - 4:47 PM EDT
Hey I have been on the Tomlin bandwagon for years. I'm sure there are someboard threads that had me and I think Art Gold pleading for Josh to get a chance up in the majors.

I also agree it doesn't seem in Tomlin's nature to gripe publicly (and I hope the item I saw is only bull), but I would have lost my rent over his arbitration situation. I was stunned he & the Tribe ended up in front of the arbitrator.... Didn't think he would have been there earlier this year.
March 26, 2014 - 1:28 PM EDT
Agree w Tony- not in the Li'l Cowboy's makeup to suggest he would gripe publicly, and I think he's smart enough to know if he pitches effectively in Columbus he will be back up pretty soon. I could see Carrasco maybe opening his mouth somewhere to someone if the shoe were on the other foot. There is a big liability w Carrasco in my opinion. If Kluber and McCallister get off to poor starts and the Indians start off losing back to back games when they pitch, they will need that 5th starter to come in, give a quality start, change the momentum and salvage a series. I could be wrong- and hope and pray I am, but gut reaction is Carrasco would be the last guy I would want out there in that situation.
March 26, 2014 - 1:03 PM EDT
I haven't seen anything about that from Tomlin. And it would be surprising if he did react in that way. He's a smart guy and knew what he was facing going in and knows that the opportunity is definitely still there at some point this season. To go out and react like that only hurts his chances not just with the Indians but other teams. So I am calling those reports bogus for now.
March 26, 2014 - 1:00 PM EDT
Shy, Tomlin never had a chance. It was decided well before spring training that unless Carrasco got hurt or was horrendous that he would get the spot. No matter what Tomlin did. The lack of options for Carrasco played HEAVILY into the decision going in and in the end was the deciding factor and it played out as predicted going in.
MT88 in WI
March 26, 2014 - 12:55 PM EDT
I've seen it said elsewhere that Tomlin was peaved by the decision and wants out of the organization. If true, I'm hoping its only initial emotions and it will pass by tomorrow.

Any comment on this Tony (truth, Tribe now looking to move him)??
March 26, 2014 - 12:43 PM EDT
If McAllister and Kluber can give 6 good inning the Indians should be ok. I have gut feeling that our bullpen is going to be our strength like it was in 11 and 12.
March 26, 2014 - 12:35 PM EDT
shy, I'm with you with concerns for those same 3 starters. Carrasco a given, but my biggest fear of failure comes from McAllister, I worry about him most for some reason. Kluber less so but its still there in the back of my mind. I have no doubt at all that due to consistent poor performance or some unforeseen injury Tomlin will be back, perhaps by June and will acquit himself quite well as he always has. He's a gamer and awesome insurance to have.
March 26, 2014 - 12:27 PM EDT
Of the candidates listed, I see Hynes, Sellers and either Hermann/Guilmet as likely DFA's. Barnes is a lefty so they have a bit more value all things being equal.

Agree with Tony that Tomlin is the #1 option and will continue to be. Marcum is on the Dice-K track, long road to go but could make himself viable if he proves himself. Bauer will depend on how "together" he is in Cbus, with House either above or below him depending. Anderson needs to establish himself.
A lot say he's another Salazar, I like him but just don't see that sort of upside. Maybe more in the Kluber/McAllister range when all is said and done. And that's not bad at all. Definitely a prospect that with a good showing could get a call up in September.

As to these final roster spots, a lot of them are quite temporary what with Bourn and Giambi on the DL. My guess is Chiz gets sent down when Giambi is ready to go but more curious who goes down when Bourn is ready. First thought is Morgan but perhaps its Wood? Can't see them just cutting Atchison straight away. Of course performance will dictate a lot of that too in that if one or the other is pitching or playing well or poorly, that may help direct the decision.

My guess is Chiz and Wood are not long for the roster at this time.
March 26, 2014 - 12:25 PM EDT
I am glad that Carrasco did win the fifth starter since we could have lost him since no more options. Tomlin will be back this year since he had an option and maybe this time stay unless injury and did get to test his arm at Columbus. I think Morgan got on rooster from what he did 2011 and the present. I think that Blake Wood and Scott Atchison will make the pen stronger and we will not miss the departed players from last year. The pitching looks pretty solid to have lost two starters and I figure Terry would do his magic and we would be alright. Go Tribe. Just signed up for baseball channel and can't wait.
March 26, 2014 - 12:13 PM EDT
I think the tater yesterday sealed Tomlin's fate not to be on the Opening Day roster. He needs work to build up arm strength and command and he will get it in Columbus. I have problems w Carrasco- he really is going to have to show a whole new level of maturity and skill in his craft to help the Indians. McCallister and Kluber have had rough springs- they're not old and experienced enough to give them a pass. It will be interesting to see what the three of them do when the bell rings and all the guys in the batter's box are big leaguers. I have a feeling Tomlin will be up in 6 weeks.
March 26, 2014 - 12:06 PM EDT
Marcum will not jump Tomlin. Tomlin is clearly the #1 option unless he gets hurt. Also Cody Anderson is nowhere near the picture right now. Good pitcher, but TJ House is above him no doubt. Now, come July if the Indians have some injuries in the rotation and have a long term need to help right now and Anderson dominated AA and is pitching well at AAA....then he could enter into the mix. But so much has to go right (or wrong) for him to get to Cleveland this year. He's more a 2015 option.
March 26, 2014 - 12:03 PM EDT
Depth Options

1. Josh Tomlin
2. Trevor Bauer
3. Shawn Marcum (will become #1 option if or when healthy)
4. Cody Anderson
5. TJ House

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