Gomez has a shot at Indians' 2012 rotation

Gomez has a shot at Indians' 2012 rotation

ARLINGTON -- Indians manager Manny Acta said Wednesday that Jeanmar Gomez's name can be added to the list of potential starting rotation candidates when the club heads for Spring Training next year.

Gomez will start Saturday's game in Minnesota, his fourth start in the Indians' current rotation that is without Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John surgery) and Josh Tomlin (right elbow soreness).

The 23-year-old Venezuelan has been brilliant in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30, allowing three earned runs in 17 1/3 innings while winning all three starts.

"He's established his fastball and kept up his velocity," Acta said. "His secondary pitches are a work in progress."

Acta said not having Carrasco next season could help a guy like Gomez.

"He's one of those guys that's done well in Triple-A," Acta said. "You never know what we'll do in the offseason. But he should have a chance."