CLEVELAND -- Josh Tomlin wishes he knew the specific cause behind his current right wrist injury. Beyond not being able to pitch right now for the Indians, the uncertain nature of his ailment is the source of the most frustration.
"Hopefully we'll get some more answers," Tomlin said on Wednesday afternoon. "That's maybe the most frustrating thing. There's not one particular thing that I did that I can say, 'If I didn't do that, we could've prevented this.'"
Tomlin is currently on the 15-day disabled list and, while he is eligible to be activated on May 23, the right-hander is not sure when he will be able to rejoin the rotation. The pitcher indicated that he is scheduled to undergo a follow-up MRI exam on Thursday to possibly gain more clarity about what is causing the pain in the top of his wrist.
The only theory that Tomlin (1-2 with a 4.67 ERA in six outings this season) has come up with is that he needed to grip the baseball tighter while pitching in wet conditions against the White Sox on May 7. His right wrist began hurting that night and the discomfort did not subside in the subsequent days. Tomlin has since seen hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland.
Right-hander Zach McAllister is currently filling Tomlin's spot on the starting staff.
Tomlin did not believe surgery was going to be necessary.
"I don't think so," said Tomlin, who was wearing a removable brace on his right arm.
Indians manager Manny Acta said it is still too soon to project when Tomlin will be able to come off the disabled list.
"We don't know yet," Acta said. "We have to wait until after he sees the doctor again. After that, then they'll make a decision. If everything is clear, I don't think he has to go down and stretch himself out or anything like that. It'd probably be some type of long toss program, bullpen and go get 'em."