The move is an obvious indication that right-hander Carlos Carrasco will be activated off the disabled list to start Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay, which was the day Gomez was scheduled to start.
However, the demotion of Gomez is an indication that right-hander Alex White has moved ahead of him on the pitching depth chart.
Gomez was recalled from Columbus to replace right-hander Mitch Talbot in the rotation, when Talbot went on the disabled list on April 17. White was called up from Columbus to replace Carrasco, who went on the disabled list on April 28.
Carrasco is ready to come off the disabled list, but Gomez and not White, has been sent down. The two pitchers' performances following their recalls made that decision an easy one.
Gomez started three games and pitched out of the bullpen once. He was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA overall, but 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in the three starts. White, the Indians' top pick in the 2009 June Draft, has started two games and is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA.
White's two starts have been the first two starts of his major league career, and he has been very impressive. The next rotation decision will come when Talbot, who is close to being sent on a rehab assignment, is ready to come off the disabled list, probably sometime in the next two weeks.
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