Rainout sends Tomlin into Indians' bullpen

Rainout sends Tomlin into Indians' bullpen

Rainout sends Tomlin into Indians' bullpen
CLEVELAND -- Inclement weather not only washed out the Indians' game on Tuesday, but it also cost right-hander Josh Tomlin a turn in the rotation. The rotation underwent a slight makeover, and Tomlin will be in the bullpen as an extra arm for the time being.

That is just fine with the pitcher.

"I've done it before," Tomlin said on Wednesday morning. "I've come out of the 'pen before in the Minor Leagues. I enjoy it."

Due to the rainout of Tuesday's tilt against the White Sox, as well as off-days scheduled for Thursday and Monday, Cleveland will not use Tomlin as a starter until April 19 in Seattle. The righty pitched for the Tribe on Monday, meaning he will have nine days of rest between outings if he does not make a relief appearance.

In that Monday start against the White Sox, Tomlin allowed four runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs, in five innings.

Tomlin said he did not throw a bullpen session on Tuesday like he would have under normal circumstances. He said he will be available out of the bullpen for Friday's road game against Kansas City, and he will likely treat that day as if he was going to be prepping for a typical between-start mound workout.

"I think you just kind of approach it like the bullpen guys do," Tomlin said. "If you kind of know a day you're going to be available, maybe you don't run as much the day before the game. You just approach your outing the same way as a starter. Maybe you do a little bit more throwing before the game."

Last season, when the 27-year-old Tomlin went 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 26 starts for the Indians, the right-hander posted a 1.84 ERA (three earned runs over 14 2/3 innings) in games he pitched following six-plus days of rest.

"I know a lot of guys are routine-oriented," Tomlin said. "That's not me. If I get out of that five-day routine, it's not going to kill me."