The Indians have sustained their first major in-season injury, and the effects of that injury were seen Tuesday night in a 5-4 loss to Kansas City. That game would have normally been started by right-hander Mitch Talbot.
However, the Indians placed Talbot on the disabled list on Sunday with a right elbow strain. It's an unfortunate loss for the Indians, given that in his first two starts Talbot was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA.
Tuesday night, right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, called up from Class AAA Columbus, started in place of Talbot, and it did not go well. Gomez never made it out of the fifth inning, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.
This was not a spot start for Gomez. He will remain in the starting rotation while Talbot is on the disabled list. Talbot is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.
Losing Talbot, a 10-game winner as a rookie last year, is a blow to an Indians starting rotation that has been one of the team's strengths in the early part of this season. In the Indians' last 14 games prior to Tuesday night, their starting pitchers had combined for a record of 9-1, with a 2.03 ERA.
Because of that strong pitching from their starters, the Indians have been ahead in most of the games they have played. Tuesday, however, with Talbot on the DL and Gomez on the mound, the Indians found themselves in a 5-0 hole after the fifth inning. Obviously, the Indians need Gomez to be better than that if he is to be an able replacement for Talbot in the rotation.
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