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Indians shut down right-hander Josh Tomlin

Sep 21, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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From Nick Camino of Newsradio WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that the Indians have shut starter Josh Tomlin down for the rest of the year.

Tomlin was placed on the disabled list near the end of August with a strained throwing elbow. The right-hander has made significant progress since, and even threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday afternoon, but the out-of-contention Indians don’t want to push it and risk re-injury.

Tomlin, 26, posted a 4.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 89/21 K/BB ratio across 165 1/3 innings (26 starts) this season for the second-place Tribe. Mitch Talbot will be promoted on Saturday to take his place.

Tomlin, still a pre-arbitration player, is obviously a lock for a starting rotation spot in 2012.

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