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Indians Lose Tomlin to Shoulder Surgery

Right hander to miss 3 to 4 months of action in another major setback

Josh Tomlin just can’t catch a break. Just one full season removed from Tommy John surgery, the right hander will go under the knife again on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Tomlin has felt discomfort in his throwing arm this spring and the procedure should correct the problem, but it will put the right hander out of action anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks.

Tomlin was to begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, however the Indians will activate him and place him on the Major League Baseball Disabled List instead. Tomlin had a rough spring, allowing 4 runs off 13 hits in just 8 innings of work. He spent the 2014 campaign bouncing between Columbus and Cleveland as he continued to pitch his way back from season ending Tommy John surgery in 2013.

Tomlin was expected to be a part of the Tribe’s rotation at some point this season, and his loss is perhaps larger than it appears on the surface given that Danny Salazar has already punched an early ticket to Columbus given his erratic performance in Cactus League play. Should one of the Indians’ starting five go down, it could be up to veteran Bruce Chen to step up and take the job unless by some miracle Salazar suddenly becomes a Major League pitcher again during his demotion to Triple-A.




Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent