Tomlin earns final spot in Indians rotation wire reports

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Josh Tomlin has earned the final spot in the Cleveland Indians rotation.

Tomlin comfirmed Friday morning that manager Manny Acta told him he had beaten out left-hander David Huff and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez for the final spot.

Huff, Gomez and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera were optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Veteran right-handers Doug Mathis and Anthony Reyes were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Tomlin joins opening day starter Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson, Mitch Talbot and Carlos Carrasco in the rotation. All are right-handed.

The 26-year-old had an exceptional spring, compiling a 1.13 ERA in three outings against major-league competition. In a recent start in a minor-league game, he worked five perfect innings, striking out five.

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