Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It took till July 31st at about 11pm EST time, but the Indians are finally making changes to their pitching rotation.
After another dismal night by starter Derek Lowe, the Indians have announced at least one move in the rotation, and from the tone of voice of manager Manny Acta, more could be coming.
The Indians announced after the 8-3 loss to the Royals that pitcher Corey Kluber will be coming up and he will start Thursday nights game against the Royals in KC.
Kluber, who is 26, was part of a three-way deal involving Ryan Ludwick and Jake Westbrook back in the 2010 season. He joins the Indians with a solid fastball in the low 90s and a good slider that makes him tough against right-handed batters.
The part of the rotation that Kulber will for now take over is that of Josh Tomlin. The writing for Tomlin to head to the pen was on the wall after he came in and threw out of the pen during the 8-3 loss Tuesday night.
In 21 starts with AAA Columbus this season, Kulber is 11-7 with a 3.59 ERA. He has thrown 125.1 innings, walking 49 and striking out 128. He also has allowed 50 earned runs in his starts.
Tomlin goes to the pen with a 5-8 record with a 5.87 ERA. He hasn’t won a game since July 5th against Tampa, winning 3-1. Over his last three starts, all losses, he’s allowed 14 earned runs in 15.2 innings.
In his last start against the Twins, Tomlin gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in an 11-0 shutout on Friday night at Target Field.
As for Lowe, he dips to now 8-10, this after starting the season 6-1. His ERA is also now at 5.52. Overall Lowe is 2-8 with an 8.28 ERA (61 earned runs in 66.1 innings) in his last 13 games.
In his last four outings with the Indians Lowe is 0-4 a 11.94 ERA (23 earned runs in 17.1 innings). Manny Acta said after the loss that he and GM Chris Antonetti will look at the options in the rotation.
One player who could help is Roberto Hernandez, but it looks like he is a long way from coming back and being effective again at the Major League level.
Tuesday in Columbus Hernandez, who remains suspended till August 10th, threw five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and a wild pitch.
Other options if the Indians want to pull Lowe from the rotation now would include David Huff and Jeanmar Gomez, both of which are still in Columbus with the Clippers.