Tomlin pitched four innings in a no-decision Thursday, yielding four runs on eight hits (one home run) while striking out two in the loss to the White Sox. Tomlin really never found a groove Thursday, allowing six hits and three runs in the first two innings before getting tagged for a solo shot by Omar Narvaez in the third. The 33-year-old now owns a hideous 6.64 ERA across 63.2 innings this season. His spot in the rotation is anything but guaranteed down the stretch.
Tomlin is scheduled to start Thursday's series finale against the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Tomlin picked up his first start with the big club since mid-May over the weekend against the Tigers, tossing four innings and giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. It wasn't clear if it was merely a spot start for Tomlin or if he would stick in the rotation going forward, but the fact that he's in line to take the hill again Wednesday suggests he's replaced Adam Plutko as the Tribe's fifth starter. Though Tomlin may pick up an additional start in the final week of the season, he'll likely head to the bullpen once the postseason begins and Cleveland shortens its rotation to four men.
Tomlin allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two over four innings Friday against Detroit. He didn't factor into the decision. Tomlin didn't do anything special in his first start with the big club since mid-May, but he at least performed well enough to keep the Indians competitive while affording the other four members of the Tribe rotation an additional day of rest. Though Tomlin sits on a dreadful 6.49 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with only 37 strikeouts across 59.2 innings for the season, his performance Friday might be enough for him to stick around as the Tribe's fifth starter over Adam Plutko. The Indians elected to skip Plutko's turn in the rotation this week and haven't indicated if he or Tomlin will be in line to take the hill when a fifth starter is required next week.
Tomlin will start Friday against the Tigers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The team is pushing Corey Kluber back to line him up for the postseason and Tomlin, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, will get the call for the spot start. Tomlin has made just six starts so far this season, posting a dismal 8.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 30 innings as a starter. The results have been better in relief, but not much better (4.91 ERA, 1.40 WHIP).
Tomlin (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday. Tomlin will return to the big-league bullpen after missing six weeks of action due to a right hamstring strain. He was able to make four rehab starts in the minors, including a pair of games with Triple-A Columbus in the past 10 days. Across 23 appearances (six starts) for Cleveland this year, he's logged a 6.98 ERA and 1.49 WHIP with 30 strikeouts in 49 innings.