Garland's status with Tribe in limbo

Garland's status with Tribe in limbo

Garland's status with Tribe in limbo
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There is a locker reserved for pitcher Jon Garland inside the Indians' Player Development Complex, but it is not guaranteed that his equipment will soon occupy the stall.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Indians were still working through the details of a proposed Minor League contract for Garland, who was expected to be in camp as a non-roster invitee. The two sides agreed to the deal last week, but the final steps to make the signing official remain to be taken.

It was believed that Garland's physical would take place on Monday in Arizona, but that is now unlikely, and the Indians do not anticipate being able to provide an update on his status until later this week.

The Tribe's signed pitchers and catchers are required to report to Arizona on Monday, with physicals scheduled for Tuesday. The first official workout for pitchers and catchers is planned for Wednesday.

Cleveland has 61 players, including 21 on non-roster invitations, in camp. That total does not include Garland or Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona), who is dealing with ongoing legal and visa problems in his native Dominican Republic.

If signed, the right-handed Garland would presumably be thrown into the mix for the lone vacancy at the back end of the rotation. Right now, only Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Derek Lowe and Josh Tomlin are considered locks for starting jobs, barring injury.

Leading candidates for the fifth spot include right-handers Kevin Slowey, Jeanmar Gomez and Zach McAllister, and lefty David Huff.

Garland is coming off an injury, but his 2,083 1/3 innings and 132 wins since 2000 rank 12th and 16th, respectively, among all Major League pitchers. The 32-year-old went 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in nine outings with the Dodgers last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in July.

Over the course of 12 seasons in the Majors, Garland has had stints with the White Sox, Angels, D-backs, Padres and Dodgers. He is 132-119 overall with a 4.32 ERA across 353 games. He has won at least 12 games in a season seven times and has topped 190 innings nine times.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.