August 26, 2014

MLB News: Indians recall four more players for stretch run

The Indians today have recalled four players with familiar names to Tribe fans.

Cleveland: Recalled RHP CARLOS CARRASCO (#59), RHP C.C. LEE (#20), RHP VINNIE PESTANO (#52) and RHP JOSH TOMLIN (#43) from AAA Columbus.

Carrasco, 26, begins his sixth stint in Cleveland after being optioned on Saturday, August 31st when OF Jason Kubel was added to the roster. He posted 10.1 scoreless innings of relief during his latest tenure with Cleveland from August 9-30.

Lee, 26, spent the first two months of the season on the Minor League DL rehabbing from June 2012 right elbow reconstruction before being activated at Triple-A Columbus on June 26. With the Clippers he has gone 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA in 19 relief outings (19.0IP, 14H, 5ER, 5BB, 24K, .212AVG) and limited left-handed hitters to a .111 (2-18) average against and did not allow a run over his last 8 outings (7.1IP). This is his second stint with Cleveland (July 12-23), making his Major League debut on July 14 vs. Kansas City and recorded 3 scoreless outings (2.0IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 1K).

Pestano, 28, spent the first four months of the season in the Cleveland bullpen, going 1-2 with 6 saves and a 4.05 ERA in 45 games (33.1IP, 32H, 15ER, 19BB, 34K, .254AVG) before being optioned to AAA Columbus on July 30. He was also on the 15-day DL from May 1-16 with right elbow tendinitis. With the Clippers he posted an ERA of 3.29 (13.2IP, 13H, 5ER, 4BB, 13K, .265AVG), limited right-handed hitters to a .188 (6-32) average against and posted scoreless outings in 12 of 14 games.

Tomlin, 28, spent the first four months of the 2013 season rehabbing from August 2012 right elbow reconstruction before making rehab appearances for the Rookie Arizona club, Class-A Lake County, AA Akron and most recently at AAA Columbus prior to his August 24 activation and option to Columbus. Combined this year at the Minor League level Josh is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 10 games/8 starts (27.1IP, 17H, 5ER, 0BB, 21K) and at Triple A posted an ERA of 2.40 in 3 starts (15.0IP, 12H, 4ER, 0BB, 11K, .222AVG).

The Indians continue their three game series with the Orioles tonight. Ubaldo Jimenez pitches for the Indians. The New York Mets come to town on Friday for three games.

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MLB News: Indians activate Josh Tomlin from 60 day DL, option him to AAA Columbus

The Indians have announced today that Josh Tomlin has been activated from the 60 day disabled list and will remain in AAA Columbus.

The Cleveland Indians today recalled RHP JOSH TOMLIN from his 30-day rehab assignment, activated him from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned him to AAA Columbus.

The Indians 40-man roster is again at 40.

Tomlin pitched Friday in Columbus, 12 months after Tommy John surgery ended his 2012 season. In Friday’s outing Tomlin gave 5 solid innings, but fell victim to a rocky three run fourth inning.

Sheldon Ocker of The Akron Beacon Journal reported on Friday that Tomlin could be less than two weeks away from returning to the big leagues. The plan according to manger Terry Francona is to have him pitch through the remainder of the minor league season and then evaluate where he’s at.

“Hopefully, Josh will get two more starts before the minor-league season is over, and we can decide what we want to do,’’ Francona said.

Francona had previously stated he does not see Tomlin in a bullpen role with the Tribe as it would cause too much stress on his arm day in and day out, and that Tomlin would be best served filling in for any spot start that the club may need.

[Related: TD's Five for Friday]



MLB News: Brett Myers’ deal with Indians worth reported $7 million

The Indians got some much-needed depth in their starting rotation. Whether the name is Roberto Hernandez, Fausto Carmona or Brett Myers, that depth doesn’t come cheap.

Heyman thinks that it has made the Indians better and probably also factors in the Nick Swisher signing and the addition of Terry Francona.

[Related: Playing with House Money: Why I think the Dolans should consider selling the Indians]

Tribe turns to Ubaldo for rubber match with Rangers

Jimenez looks to rebound from his rough start in ChicagoIf there’s one Indians storyline that dominates this early season, it is the lackluster performance of one Ubaldo Jimenez. If you’re ever on twitter during a Jimenez start, it’s one of the more entertaining twitter experiences one can have with the 2012 Tribe.

Notice I didn’t say enjoyable. Nothing is fun about an ERA over five and more walks (20) than strike outs (14). Coupled with the fact he’s only made it through seven innings once in five starts, it’s safe to say he’s a concern.

Questions surround Ubaldo. Will he ever regain his 2010 form? Is it his mechanics? Is it mental? Does Ubaldo mean ‘bust’ in Spanish (hardy har!)? How is it that he could pitch in Coors Field but not on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario? [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Colt McCoy’s Future, Tribe Rotation Questions and Deadline Deals

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How long is Colt McCoy’s leash in 2011? “But there is something else that will be hanging over the heads of the Browns in 2011 and that’s the 2012 NFL Draft, specifically the #1 overall pick. At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, about as “can’t miss” a prospect as you will ever see, will be chosen first. If the Browns spiral down into oblivion, there will be an opportunity to draft Luck.

Does that mean the Browns give up on Colt McCoy after only one season? And what do you do if he plays relatively well and the opportunity to draft Luck is still there? The Browns are going to have to determine this season if McCoy is a quarterback that can lead them to a Super Bowl – it’s a decision that will affect the franchise for years to come.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]

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Talbot Rocked by Toronto

It’s rare these days for the Indians to put 7 runs up on the board and get 15 hits in one game.  They accomplished this last night but unfortunately Mitch Talbot was on the mound.   He gave up 8 earned runs in just 5 and a third innings pitched last night.  He continues to put the Indians in a hole early in games – last night giving up 3 in the 2nd inning.  Mitch is not long for this rotation and last night may have been the final straw – he’s 1-6 with a 7.63 ERA in 9 starts since the end of May.

With the mix of starters on the DL and a couple guys in Columbus holding their own, the Indians will have a couple rotation questions coming out of the All Star Break.  After the game, Manny Acta sounded like a guy who had lost his confidence in and patience with Talbot, stating, 

“He’s scuffling, so we’re going to have to look into that.  We’re not going to overreact, but we’ve got to look into things. It’s been 31/2 months of baseball. We have to do what’s best for our team and look at all our options.”

Mitch can’t like the sound of that.

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Keeping the “S” in Scrappy: Mitch Talbot’s Upside

Mitch Talbot was born in October of 1983; he won’t turn 28 until after this season is over.  I suppose it might be safe to say that he doesn’t remember Ronald Reagan or Rubik’s cubes or mix tapes or the USSR.

Interestingly, his October birthday also makes him the oldest pitcher in our rotation, and worthy of some attention due to the pipeline we’ve tried to fill with pitching prospects over the last several years.  After all, the hope is that someone like Drew Pomeranz or Alex White or Corey Kluber or Nick Hagadone might soon make Talbot expendable.  I find myself waiting for the day that we cut him loose for one of our high-upside hopefuls.

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Tribe Wastes Solid Start from Masterson

Justin Masterson, 0-5 on the year, was pitching for the Tribe so naturally he did not come away with the win yesterday against the Yankees.  But it certainly wasn’t his fault.  Masterson, who went only 4 innings and was rocked in his last outing against Chicago, pitched 6 scoreless innings in a tight game at Yankee Stadium.  He had great movement on his fastball as he continually ran it in on right-handed hitters and managed to avoid the problems against lefties that have plagued him all season.  He maintained his excellent strikeout rate, fanning 8 and walking only 1.

After his previous start, many believed he would fall out of the rotation for the Yankees series but Manny Acta seems committed to Masterson longterm.  Acta was quoted prior to Sunday’s game :”We want to see him command his fastball. We are convinced if he can command his fastball, he can be effective for us every five days…It’s a process,” he said. “This kid didn’t even have that many minor-league innings. He’s developed up here. He pitched out of the pen with the Red Sox. It’s not an easy thing to do.”  Well he commanded the fastball extremely well yesterday and hopefully this will be the beginning of a good trend.  Unfortunately, they still play 9 innings.

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Tribe Talk: Carrasco Making a Surge

For most of the spring, we looked at the Indians last two open rotation spots as a three man race. Right hander Mitch Talbot and lefties Aaron Laffey and David Huff have been locked in a tight one since pitchers and catchers reported. However, a fourth name is trying his best to make his presence felt.

Carlos Carrasco.

The one time untouchable Phillies prospect who came over in the Cliff Lee deal has been outstanding his last two times out. Against the Rockies and the Brewers, the 23 year old righty pitched nine scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out seven and walking three. This is the kind of action the Tribe front office has been hoping for since Carrasco came over at the deadline last year. [Read more...]

Spring Training Update: Sowers Shoulder Hampers His Shot

SowersThe best things are said about Spring Training baseball. Everyone is 0-0. Hope springs eternal. It’s always sunny in Arizona. Everyone has smiles on their faces and cannot wait to get back into the swing of things. Even in this rebuilding year, there is a new voice and a new captain of the S.S. Wahoo for the first time in eight years;  Manny Acta. That should excite all of you Grind-haters.

The biggest issue by far that the new manager has to sift through with pitchers and catchers now beginning their work in Goodyear is in the starting rotation. Sure, Jake Westbrook is penciled in as your opening day starter, with the up and down Fausto Carmona and Justin Masterson slotted behind him. Whatever happens with the last two spots is completely up in the air and anyone’s guess at this point.

Aaron Laffey, David Huff, Jeremy Sowers, Carlos Carrasco, Mitch Talbot, and Hector Rondon are all in the mix for the four and five slots. This seems to be a wide open competition. [Read more...]

For Starters…The Indians are in Trouble

reyesWe’ve all been so worried about the horror show that the Indians bullpen has become this season, that the starting rotation has kind of been pushed to the back burner on the list of issues. Well that has all but changed in the past seven days and now going forward.

During Friday night’s start, it was clear from the opening pitch, that Anthony Reyes was not right. He seemed to be battling a case of the yips in the first inning, walking the bases loaded on 12 pitches. He barely made it through three innings before getting the hook. His velocity has dipped in each of his last four starts, and he has yet to hit the 92-93 we saw him touch in his six start audition at the end of last season. [Read more...]