CLEVELAND (92.3 the Fan) – Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has left the Cleveland Indians’ Sunday finale against the Chicago White Sox with an apparent injury. He did not allow a hit through four innings, striking out five.
Manager Terry Francona and Indians Head Athletic Trainer James Quinlan were summoned to the mound by catcher Roberto Perez after he saw something of note with Tomlin’s final warm-up pitches prior to the 5th.
The injury was said to be left hamstring tightness.
“I think he felt it before, but it wasn’t anything getting in the way,” Francona said. “I don’t know if he hit the rubber, but it grabbed him a little bit. So when we were watching him warm up, it just didn’t look good. Like Tomlin, he’ll fight you tooth-and-nail to stay in a game, part of why we like him so much. But we also can’t let him hurt himself.”
Tomlin admitted that he wanted to stay in the game, but knew the potential risks of doing so.
“I understand we’re short-handed in the bullpen, so you never want to put them in a bind, but you also never want to cost your team the game by overcompensating, either,” he said. “It’s kind of a tough situation to be put in, but after talking to James Quinlan and Tito on the mound, they made the decision and it was probably the right one.”