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Indians pitching depth takes hit with Josh Tomlin injury

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The Indians react to news of Tomlin injury, plus Twins' pitcher Ervin Santana suspended for PED use

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Josh Tomlin Injury

Cleveland Indians' Josh Tomlin will have shoulder surgery; out three to four months (photos) | cleveland.com - Asked to assess the damage to the Indians' pitching depth, manager Terry Francona said, "We don't know. Until you need the depth you don't know. If all five guys made their starts (you wouldn't need depth).

Tomlin to miss 3-4 months after shoulder surgery | indians.com - Tomlin is hoping to be able to help Cleveland in the second half of the season. "That's the goal," Tomlin said. "That's the time range, and we'll try to get that down quicker."

Josh Tomlin to have shoulder surgery, will miss 3-4 months - Let's Go Tribe - Tomlin is the second starting pitcher to come down with a major arm injury this spring.

Recaps

Indians vs Brewers recap: Carlos Carrasco has short outing in final Spring Training appearance - Let's Go TribeCarlos Carrasco started today's home Cactus League finale, and couldn't get out of the fourth inning.

Chisenhall's impressive day not enough for Carrasco | indians.com - Chisenhall did what he could to atone for the early gaffe, driving a pitch from Brewers No. 3 starter Wily Peralta to right field in the bottom of the second for a two-run triple.

Carlos Carrasco flops, Lonnie Chisenhall makes two errors in Cleveland Indians loss | cleveland.com - All those worst case scenarios you''ve been worried about?

Other Tribe Related News

Cleveland Indians Opening Day 2015 Guide: Events, parking and renovations | fox8.com - What you need to know if you are going to the home opener.

Jim Ingraham: Inexperience is big factor in Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation - Jim Ingraham goes all contrarian on the pitching staff. Also, you young whippersnappers - get off his lawn.

Cleveland Indians Owner Paul Dolan knows all about SI jinx, but believes Tribe is real contender -- Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com - Between the high expectations for the Indians and changes at the stadium, the Indians are selling more tickets this season.

Barnstormers sign ex-major league pitcher Zach Jackson - LancasterOnline: Barnstormers - The LGFT  left-hander last pitched in the bigs in 2009 when he appeared in three games for the Indians. He's compiled a 4-5 record with a 5.81 ERA in 105 1/3 innings in the majors.

Fortune Telling

A.L. Preview: The Orioles Have Quietly Reloaded - NYTimes.com - It might be easy to overlook the Orioles, who lost three well-known players in the off-season without adding brand-name replacements, but Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter have forged a winning formula.

Predictions: Major League Baseball's American League MVP for 2015 - SweetSpot - ESPN - Here is David Schoenfield's top 10 AL MVP candidates, which is different from a list of the 10 best players in the league.

FanGraphs 2015 Staff Predictions | FanGraphs Baseball - Fangraphs staff is pretty high on the Indians.

And now the HardballTalk Staff’s 2015 Predictions | HardballTalk - We are always wrong with these. No one knows what the future holds. Yet we do it anyway.

Around the Horn

MLB suspends E. Santana 80 games for PED use | MLB.comTwins right-hander Ervin Santana, who signed the richest free-agent deal in club history this past offseason, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

Mike Pelfrey joins Twins’ rotation following Ervin Santana suspension | HardballTalkMike Pelfrey gets what he wants after all: a spot in the Twins' starting rotation.

MLB investigation shows Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart illegally gambled on sports, but did not bet on baseball | HardballTalk - So much for those claims of being "hacked" last week.

Braves release left-hander Wandy Rodriguez | HardballTalk - Just a couple weeks ago Rodriguez was believed to be penciled into a rotation spot.

For Nationals, rotation is no guarantee - The Washington Post - It takes more than five aces to win a hand in baseball’s postseason.