Indians name Carlos Carrasco fifth starter, send Josh Tomlin to minors


The Cleveland Indians have announced that Carlos Carrasco has won the fifth spot in their rotation to open the season.

Carrasco, 27, gets the nod for the final rotation spot ahead of Josh Tomlin.

Last season Carrasco appeared in 15 games posting a 6.75 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP across 46 2/3 innings of work. His spring numbers were also unimpressive with a 5.17 ERA in five appearances though he posted a 16/3 K/BB ratio.

Tomlin pitched well this spring but will start the year at Triple-A Columbus. Should Carrasco struggle the Indians will not hesitate to give Tomlin a call up.

In four years of service at the big league level the 29-year-old Tomlin is a lifetime 23-1 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 343 2/3 innings of work.

The Indians have also awarded Blake Wood a spot in their bullpen. Wood missed the entire 2013 season working his way back from Tommy John surgery. This spring he posted a 0.93 ERA and a 11/6 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings of work.

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