Josh Tomlin RP CLE 24 Days

Indians optioned RHP Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus.

It's a surprising move, as Tomlin has had a fine spring, but the Indians have decided to go with Carlos Carrasco for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Chances are Tomlin will find his way into Cleveland's rotation eventually.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 24 Days

Josh Tomlin allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings during Tuesday's start against the Rangers.

Tomlin walked two and allowed seven hits, including a two-run home run to Michael Choice in the sixth inning. The right-hander also struck out five as his Cactus League ERA climbed to 3.54. Tomlin has looked solid this spring and it would be surprising if the Indians didn't slot him at the back of their starting rotation.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 1 Month

Josh Tomlin delivered another strong outing on Friday, limiting the White Sox to two runs on on five hits over his five innings of work.

The veteran right-hander struck out five without walking a batter in the game. All of the damage against him came on a pair of solo homers from Conor Gillaspie and Josh Phegley. Tomlin now owns a sparkling 2.57 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio through 14 innings on the Cactus League season, and seems like a lock to make the Opening Day rotation.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 1 Month

Josh Tomlin was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, scattering three hits over his four shutout innings of work.

The 29-year-old hurler punched out five in the game while walking just one. He now sports a 2.00 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio in nine spring innings. While he's likely to secure a spot in the Opening Day rotation, his history suggests that he won't wind up being relevant in most mixed leagues.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 2 Months

Josh Tomlin lost his arbitration hearing against the Indians and was awarded an $800,000 salary for 2014.

Tomlin had requested $975,000 from the Indians. That brings the Tribe to 2-0 on the arbitration season, having also defeated Vinnie Pestano last week. Tomlin, who returned from Tommy John surgery late in the 2013 season, is fully healthy and expected to compete for a spot in the Indians rotation.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 3 Months

Josh Tomlin requested $975,000 and was offered $800,000 from the Indians when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The two parties shouldn't have a problem settling around $900,000. He made a return to the mound late in the 2013 season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, and should be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2014 season.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 7 Months

Josh Tomlin felt good after appearing in a Major League game for the first time in over a year on Thursday, noting that the appearance was emotional and satisfying.

Tomlin, who had been sidelined since last July, worked a pair of scoreless innings in his return from Tommy John surgery. He'll continue to pitch out of the bullpen for the time being, but could be a candidate to make a start over the final two weeks of the season.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 8 Months

Josh Tomlin may draw a start this month.

Indians skipper Terry Francona will use Tomlin out of the bullpen for now, but he won't hesitate to start him. "There might be an opportunity for him to start," the manager said. "He's been pounding the strike zone [in rehab starts]. His last outing was really good ... But even though he can pitch when it counts now, he'll still be feeling his way through things. I think next year, you'll see what he can really do."

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 8 Months

Indians activated RHP Josh Tomlin from the 60-day disabled list, optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

Tomlin has looked great on his rehab assignment, posing a 2.08 ERA over 17 1/3 innings, but the Indians don't have a spot for him at the moment. Expect to see him next month.

Josh Tomlin RP CLE 9 Months

Josh Tomlin (elbow) will move his rehab assignment up to Double-A Akron Wednesday.

Tomlin has tossed four scoreless innings while allowing just one hit over his first four rehab appearances as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. He's likely to return as a reliever in late August or early September.