After undergoing an MRI on his throwing elbow to open the week, the Cleveland Indians officially placed struggling starter Josh Tomlin on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon:
The— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 14, 2012
#Indians have placed RHP Josh Tomlin on 15-day DL w/ right elbow inflammation; RHP Roberto Hernandez reinstated to start Wed. vs. LAA
The 27-year-old Tomlin is 5-8 with a woeful 6.36 earned-run average in 21 games this season, and just hasn't quite looked comfortable as of late on the mound for the Indians. Banished from the starting rotation in late July due to erratic play, Tomlin served up 10 earned runs on nine hits over just 5.2 innings in the month of August before being shut down, so a stint on the disabled list may be a blessing in disguise.
Roberto Hernandez, who some may remember as the man once known as Fausto Carmona, was reinstated from his league suspension to fill Tomlin's roster spot. Hernandez is making his first start of 2012 after going 7-15 for the Indians last season, and could be a serious short-term boost if he's able to revert to his '07 form.