Indians choose Carrasco for starting rotation

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Carlos Carrasco has earned a spot in the starting rotation for the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians said Wednesday that Carrasco will start on April 5 against Minnesota.

Cleveland chose Carrasco over Josh Tomlin. Carrasco joins Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar in the rotation.

The 27-year-old Carrasco made five trips to Cleveland in 2013, bouncing between Triple-A Columbus and the majors. The right-hander was 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA, but played a key role out of the bullpen during the Indians' stretch run to a playoff spot.

"There were numerous reasons, but it was difficult," manager Terry Francona said. "We were open about saying we really wanted to see Carlos pitch. We can't build our team just for opening day. Josh will help us at some point."

Tomlin is recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery and has options. The Indians want him to get consistent work in the minors, rather than working out of the bullpen.

"We thought about putting Josh in the bullpen, but that wouldn't be fair to him," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "There is not a lot of development with Josh. He just needs consistent work. There are no set innings for him but we will monitor him, looking for signs of fatigue. We talked to him about his workload issues. He was very professional when we told him."

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