The Tribe has tabbed 25-year-old right-hander Josh Tomlin to start against the Yankees at Progressive Field, manager Manny Acta said Sunday. A corresponding move will be announced Tuesday to make room for Tomlin, who is not on Cleveland's 40-man roster.
Carlos Carrasco's recent bout with right elbow stiffness did not factor into the decision, Acta said. Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff were also options to assume the rotation spot of Aaron Laffey, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with left shoulder fatigue.
Acta has no doubts that Tomlin -- 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 appearances (17 starts) for Triple-A Columbus this season -- is the right choice.
"He deserves to be up here and get this start," Acta said. "He has done nothing but pitch well as long as he's been in the Minor Leagues."
A 19th-round pick by the Indians in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Tomlin is 51-24 with a 3.20 ERA in 134 career Minor League appearances, 87 of which have been starts.