CLEVELAND -- The Indians are planning on handing Jeanmar Gomez a spot start on Tuesday in Kansas City. The way Cleveland sees things right now, Gomez will be in the rotation to stay.
The Tribe has not officially announced the addition, but Indians manager Manny Acta said the team expects to call Gomez up from Triple-A Columbus to replace Talbot in the starting staff. Talbot was sent to the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain on Sunday.
Gomez made 11 starts as a rookie for the Tribe last season.
"It always helps to have experience," Acta said. "But I wish he comes up and throws like he did last year when he had no experience, because that first game was very good when he came up."
In Gomez's Major League debut a year ago, the right-hander logged seven innings in a win over the Tigers, giving up only two runs (none earned) on five hits. Overall, Gomez ended the season 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA in his stint with Cleveland.
Gomez was a contender for the lone vacancy in the Indians' rotation during Spring Training, but right-hander Josh Tomlin won that job. Through two outings with Triple-A Columbus, Gomez has gone 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, striking out 11 and walking three over 12 2/3 innings.