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Josh Tomlin | Starting Pitcher | #43

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas Tech
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 19 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Tomlin scattered three hits and one run over 3 1/3 innings Thursday in the Indians’ Cactus League win over the Dodgers.
He struck out four and walked two. Tomlin served up a solo home run to Cody Bellinger in the second inning but otherwise kept the damage to a minimum. This was Tomlin’s best performance of the spring after posting a dismal 11.25 ERA in his previous two starts. With Danny Salazar (shoulder) injured, Tomlin should open the year in Cleveland’s starting rotation. Mar 8 - 11:30 PM

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Josh Tomlin was obliterated in a losing effort against a Giants' split-squad on Saturday, surrendering five runs on six hits in his two innings.

On the plus side, Tomlin did strike out four on the day while issuing just one free pass. Most of the damage came during a four-run uprising in the second that included a two-run blast from Gorkys Hernandez. Tomlin's hold on the fifth and final spot in the club's Opening Day rotation is tenuous at best as Mike Clevinger is lurking.
Mar 3 - 8:20 PM

Josh Tomlin worked two scoreless innings Monday in his Cactus League debut against the Brewers.

Tomlin struck out two batters, yielded no walks, and surrendered just one hit -- a harmless two-out single to Ryan Braun in the bottom of the first inning. The 33-year-old right-hander is linked up to serve as the Indians' No. 5 starter in 2018. He had a 4.98 ERA in 141 innings last season.
Feb 26 - 4:36 PM

Indians exercised RHP Josh Tomlin's $3 million option for 2018.

The homer-prone right-hander holds a 4.66 ERA over the last two seasons, but $3 million is a reasonable price to bring him back for rotation depth. Tomlin is slated for free agency next winter.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Josh Tomlin allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the White Sox.

Tomlin allowed just four hits, with the lone run scoring on a solo homer from Rob Brantly in the fifth inning. He struck out six and walked none en route to reaching double-digit wins for the second straight season. He’ll finish the regular season with a 4.98 ERA and 109/14 K/BB ratio in 141 innings over 26 starts. It’s unclear how the Indians will deploy him in the playoffs, but this start doesn’t hurt his chances to get a start at some point.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:41:00 PM

Josh Tomlin was pulled after giving up four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Twins.

Is it too early to wonder if the Indians are having any second thoughts about committing to Tomlin as their fourth starter in the postseason? Tomlin got the job mostly done last October, going 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA in his four starts, but we're talking about a guy with a 5.11 ERA this year and a 4.67 ERA in his career. With an alternative as strong as Mike Clevinger, banking on Tomlin again seems unnecessary.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:18:00 PM

Josh Tomlin surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

The Indians haven't gone deep at all with Tomlin since bringing him back from the disabled list, but he's allowed one or two runs all four times out and the Indians have won all of his starts. We wonder if they'll press their luck with him starting postseason games again this year. It'll almost certainly be either he or Mike Clevinger in the fourth spot.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 02:13:00 AM

Josh Tomlin limited the Royals to two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Tomlin gave his team a chance to win -- which they did, in the 10th inning -- allowing six hits and a walk while striking out four. The 32-year-old has an unsightly 5.04 ERA in 23 starts this year but has been much better in the second half, having not allowed more than three runs in any of his six starts (while missing a month due to injury). And, of course, he's got a good chance to win every time he takes the hill, with his club on a 22-game winning streak. Tomlin's next shot at a win will come Wednesday at the Angels.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 10:57:00 PM

Josh Tomlin earned his ninth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Orioles to two runs on four hits over his five-plus innings.

Tomlin struck out three and didn't walk a batter on the day. The O's scratched out a run against him in the first inning then tacked on a solo homer by Tim Beckham in the sixth inning. Tomlin will carry a 5.13 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Royals.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 04:06:00 PM

Josh Tomlin gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out two. Tomlin wasn't great on Sunday, but he did what he does best: limit the self-inflicted damage and make you put a good swing on a pitch. For the year, Tomlin now has a 5.20 ERA in 116 innings with an impressive 88-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His next start is scheduled for Saturday when Cleveland hosts Baltimore.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 04:29:00 PM

Indians activated RHP Josh Tomlin from the 10-day disabled list.

Tomlin will rejoin the Indians' rotation Sunday in Detroit but will likely eventually get pushed out once Danny Salazar (elbow) makes it back. He's been out for the lat month with a strained hamstring.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Josh Tomlin will not start the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

That was the original plan, but the Indians are going with Ryan Merritt instead. Tomlin, on the disabled list since July 31 with a left hamstring strain, could return Friday or Sunday in Detroit.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Josh Tomlin (hamstring) will return to the Indians' rotation on Wednesday against the Yankees.

He is lined up to face Jordan Montgomery in the second half of a doubleheader brought on by Tuesday night's rainout. Tomlin has been on the disabled list since July 31 because of a left hamstring strain. He stands 7-9 with a 5.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 20 starts this season.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 04:31:00 PM

Josh Tomlin (hamstring) is scheduled to throw 5-6 innings in Friday's rehab start for Low-A Mahoning Valley.

If all goes well, he'll return to Indians' rotation next week. Cleveland could use another arm with Danny Salazar (elbow) back on the disabled list.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Josh Tomlin (hamstring) is scheduled to make one rehab start before returning to the Indians' rotation.

That minor league start will come this Friday, so Tomlin should be activated off the disabled list sometime next week. He's been sidelined since late July with a left hamstring strain.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 04:52:00 PM

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3Francisco Mejia
4Ryan Hanigan
5Eric Haase
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Mike Napoli
3Richie Shaffer
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
3Rob Refsnyder
4Michael Martinez
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Eric Stamets
3B1Jose Ramirez
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3Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Abraham Almonte
3Melvin Upton
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Greg Allen
3Tyler Naquin
4Rajai Davis
5Brandon Barnes
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Mike Clevinger
5Josh Tomlin
6Ryan Merritt
7Danny Salazar
8Cody Anderson
9Julian Merryweather
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Nick Goody
4Tyler Olson
5Dan Otero
6Zach McAllister
7Shawn Morimando
8Ben Taylor
9Alexi Ogando
10Carlos Torres
11Evan Marshall
12Neil Ramirez
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