Now, Talbot is sidelined with a right elbow injury, forced into the role of spectator.
"I was just so confident," Talbot said. "I feel very, very comfortable out on the mound right now. Things were going well. That's one of the toughest parts. My goal this year was to get up to 200 innings, make all my starts.
"Two starts into the season, those goals are already gone."
On Sunday, the Indians placed Talbot on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, and the starter is expected to miss at least three to four weeks. With Talbot out of the mix right now, Indians manager Manny Acta said the team expects to promote righty Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Columbus.
Talbot, who said he will be shut down from throwing for at least one week, opened the season as the Tribe's fifth starter and went 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA through his first two outings of the year. The right-hander went 10-13 with a 4.41 ERA as a rookie for the Indians last season.
Entering Sunday, the Indians' rotation had gone 8-1 with a 1.91 ERA over the club's past 12 games, and Talbot was a big part of that strong string of starts. In Talbot's last start on Monday, he blanked the Angels over eight innings.
"No team goes through the regular season with only five or six starters," Acta said. "You kind of have to prepare yourself for that. But it's so early in the year and those guys are doing so well, it's not good. Especially him, coming out of such a great start over there in Los Angeles."
A couple days ago, the Indians announced that Talbot -- after his 112-pitch outing in Anaheim -- would start on Tuesday, pushing his scheduled appearance back two days to give him some extra rest. Talbot continued to feel sore, though, and an MRI exam performed Friday revealed the elbow strain.
"After the start I felt a little bit sore," Talbot said. "I went deep into the game, threw a lot of pitches. I just thought it was regular soreness. Obviously, I thought it was just from going into the ninth inning. I let them know about that.
"They said, 'All right, we'll give you a couple extra days, let you recover and get back out there.' That was the game plan, but the next couple days it still didn't quite feel right."