November 26, 2014

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Indians notes: Josh Tomlin rejoining rotation

Josh Tomlin

Josh Tomlin

CLEVELAND — Right-hander Josh Tomlin is returning to the rotation.

Manager Terry Francona announced Saturday that Tomlin, who is 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) for the Indians this season, would replace right-hander Zach McAllister on Tuesday.

McAllister was designated for assignment Friday in a procedural move, with Cleveland expected to option him back to Triple-A Columbus in the coming days.

Tomlin began the season in the minors, but joined the rotation May 7, lasting nearly three months before he was sent back to Columbus to clear the way for McAllister’s return from the Clippers.

Tomlin is the author of one of Cleveland’s finest outings of the season, tossing a one-hit shutout on June 28 in a 5-0 victory at Seattle.

Wounded Wahoo

With rainy afternoon weather in Cleveland, center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) ran make-shift bases at Quicken Loans Arena, where artificial turf was down for the Gladiators’ playoff game.

Bourn, who has been hitting in the cages, is scheduled to run the bases again Monday and could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week.

“I think he’s progressing really well,” Francona said of Bourn, who has been on the disabled list since July 6.

Comings and goings

Left-hander T.J. House was recalled from Columbus to return to the rotation Saturday, with reliever Austin Adams getting optioned back to the minors to clear room for House on the 25-man roster.

It was the third stint in Cleveland for the 27-year-old Adams, who has made three appearances for the Indians.

“Every time we’re able to call up a guy like Austin, it’s like putting experience in the bank,” Francona said of Adams, a fifth-round draft pick in 2009, who missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John surgery. “He’s a smart enough kid not to pout when he gets sent down because he knows he’s part of what we’re going to do, so the experience for him is really good.”

Return engagement

Chris Dickerson (left knee soreness) missed his second straight game, but Francona said the outfielder was available to come off the bench and that he expected him to return to the lineup for the series finale with Texas today.

Nice gesture

Jason Giambi agreed to give up his No. 25 to Jim Thome, who signed a one-day contract with the team so he could retire as an Indian. Giambi, who has played in just 15 games this season and has been sidelined since June 11 with left knee inflammation, will choose a new number to wear the rest of the season.

Alongside team president Mark Shapiro, Thome officially signed his contract behind home plate before putting on an Indians jersey and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to a rousing ovation from the Progressive Field crowd.

Roundin’ third

  • Cleveland’s pitching staff entered Saturday with a 3.08 ERA since June 25, which ranked third in the American League.
  • The 10 runs the Indians scored Friday off Texas’ Jerome Williams was the most against a starting pitcher since they had 12 runs against White Sox right-hander Jon Garland on Sept. 25, 2006, at Progressive Field.

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7136 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him @CAwesomeheimer on Twitter.

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