May 1, 2014

Coming back from Tommy John surgery in late 2012, Josh Tomlin was pretty much completely rehabbed after making it back for two innings late in 2013.

In his last rehab start before being recalled to Cleveland (save for a late July trip back to AAA for one start after a tough stretch), Tomlin tossed a complete game shutout with an uncharacteristic 10 strikeouts and three hits, but a very Tomlin-like zero walks.

Justin Sellers, Ryan Rohlinger, and Audry Ciriaco provided three RBI for the win while Nyjer Morgan added a pair of doubles.

Tomlin was a class act on his rehab tour from Tommy John in 2013. He graciously spoke to any and all media members at length at the end of his starts, which isn’t always common of rehabbing MLB players. At times Tomlin even seemed surprised that media members even wanted to talk to him during the process. It was extremely special the coaches and managers enjoyed having him around to mentor the minor league players.

Just a good example of how important Tomlin was to the Indians organization.


May 1, 2013

A year earlier, before Tomlin’s comeback tour, the Captains sure could have used him.

They got 18 hits including two each from:

Levon Washington (remember him?)
Dorssys Paulino (remember him?)
Logan Vick
Joe Sever
Nellie Rodriguez

and three hits from:

Eric Haase
Anthony Santander

Unfortunately, despite scoring 10 runs, the Captains pitching staff of Mitch Brown (two innings, six runs) and the bullpen, couldn’t make 10 runs stand up. This particular Captains season saw a lot of issues like this after the Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Cody Anderson led Captains of 2012 moved on.

Felix Sterling ultimately was saddled with the loss, allowing a walkoff homer at Peoria with two outs in the nine. The ninth inning for Sterling went like this

Sac fly
Hit by pitch
Home run

Sterling was a highly thought of arm but 2013 was the end of his time in pro ball and is actually only 27 now.


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