CLEVELAND -- With Carlos Carrasco expected back to be off the disabled list and back in the rotation on Wednesday, the Indians needed to clear a spot on the staff.
Cleveland opted to option right-hander Jeanmar Gomez to Triple-A Columbus, giving prospect Alex White a longer stay in the big leagues. Indians manager Manny Acta was happy with the progress shown by Gomez -- sent down on Monday -- throughout his four-game stint with the Tribe.
"He threw the ball well," Acta said. "He got better the last two outings. The first one [against the Royals on April 19] he struggled a little bit with his mechanics and his velocity wasn't there, because one thing leads to the other one."
Overall, Gomez went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four appearances (three starts) for the Indians since being recalled to replace injured right-hander Mitch Talbot. On Thursday, Gomez held the A's to one run over 5 1/3 innings -- a showing that impressed Acta.
"We felt that he threw the ball well and that his velocity was back up," Acta said. "He stayed at 91 mph most of the time and did well. I think it's good for us to have a guy like him right now as depth, even when we know he's so young and he's probably more part of the future."
Also a big part of that future is the 22-year-old White, who was promoted from Triple-A after Carrasco landed on the 15-day DL on April 28. White, who is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA through two turns for the Tribe, has a spot on the staff at least until Talbot returns from the DL.
"He's a great competitor," Acta said of White. "He's got a tremendous heartbeat out there for a guy who just got called up, a guy who's just two years out of college. That first game here against Detroit [on April 30] he showed it and then the other day [against the Angels]."