8/2/2014 8:07 P.M. ET
Tomlin to return to start Tuesday vs. Reds
By Alec Shirkey / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Josh Tomlin's stay in the Minors turned out to be brief, as the team plans to have him recalled on Tuesday to start against the Reds. The move will fill Zach McAllister's vacated spot in the rotation after he was designated for assignment on Friday with the intention of ultimately being optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
Tomlin made a lone start for Columbus on Thursday and allowed two runs -- both solo homers -- and struck out five over five innings. The outing was intentionally limited, Tribe manager Terry Francona noted.
"We thought he could wiggle his way through a Triple-A lineup -- because he's smart -- and we didn't want to tax him a lot," Francona said on Saturday. "Hopefully he can regain some of the sharpness he had on his pitches like we saw in Seattle. Because with that, we saw what he can do."
In June, Tomlin worked a brilliant complete game one-hitter against the Mariners but has since posted a 6.45 ERA and allowed six home runs over his last four starts. In addition to the pitching struggles, workload has also been a concern for Tomlin, who missed almost all of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Tomlin has already logged 126 2/3 innings between Cleveland and Columbus this season. But with Justin Masterson now a member of the Cardinals and McAllister still working through confidence issues on the mound, the Indians will gladly welcome Tomlin back to the rotation if he can regain his effectiveness.
"He's about as accountable as any person you're going to meet," Francona said. "To say we're excited he's coming back is an understatement. It's hard not to pull for him."
Tribe recalls lefty House, options Adams
CLEVELAND -- As expected, the Indians recalled left-hander T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday ahead of his scheduled start against the Rangers. The club optioned righty Austin Adams to the same affiliate so that House could be added to the active roster, thereby scaling the bullpen down to eight relievers.
Adams, 27, worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday night, which was his only appearance with the big league club since being recalled on July 26. He had his first two Major League appearances in a stint with Cleveland last month but has otherwise spent most of the season with Columbus, where he's posted a 2.28 ERA and thrown 40 strikeouts.
Though Adams wound up the odd man out, the Indians emphasized that he should contribute again in the near future -- possibly sooner rather than later.
"We called up Austin the other day knowing that it'd probably be a couple days," Tribe manager Terry Francona said. "The reason being, every time we're able to call up a guy like Austin, it's like putting experience in the bank. He got to pitch last night, which is great. He goes down, but he's a smart enough kid to know that we view him as part of our future. Sometimes the future can be pretty quick depending on circumstances."
The 24-year-old House owns a 4.50 ERA through 10 appearances with the Tribe this season, three of which have been quality starts. The young southpaw has spent the past two months as the member of a rotation within the rotation, flip-flopping between Columbus and the Majors so that the Indians can periodically add an extra arm to their bullpen.
"We've changed from time to time this year," Francona said. "Our bullpen innings are among the league leaders. As opposed to letting that derail us, we need to make some adjustments."
By taking this approach, the Indians also become more flexible in their ability to send a struggling starter to the Minors for one or two starts, as they did with Josh Tomlin last week.
"We have some youth in our rotation right now," Francona said. "Sometimes when guys have options, it either helps us, or somebody else within our rotation. So we feel the need to do that."
Dickerson still out with left knee injury
CLEVELAND -- Chris Dickerson was absent from the Tribe lineup for the second day in a row due to lingering discomfort and minor swelling in his left knee.
Dickerson suffered the injury while making a diving catch during Wednesday's tilt with the Mariners and felt pain in the knee after game. The outfielder tried to play through the pain on Thursday before being removed in the third inning, and he has since taken part in a wide variety of rehab-related activities, including multiple rounds of electrotherapy.
"What haven't we done?" Dickerson said. "Pool workout, ice, electric stim, another type of electric stim, going home and doing more electric stim. Anti-inflammatories. The whole was just trying to get all the swelling out."
Indians manager Terry Francona believes that he could use Dickerson off the bench on Saturday night if his team is in a pinch, but added that Sunday is a more likely return date for the 32-year-old.
"He's just having a tough time getting to extension," Francona said. "Normally that does come with swelling, but there's minimal swelling in there. They've been treating him like crazy."
Dickerson is hitting .300/.375/.460 in 19 games with the Tribe this season.
Thome gives credit to Manuel in speech
CLEVELAND -- The legacy of longtime Tribe power hitter Jim Thome is inexorably tied to the piles of home runs he hit as a Major Leaguer. The man to which he credited much of his success -- Charlie Manuel -- knew him before any of that.
Manuel, once a Minor League manager in the Indians organization, was the coach who worked most with Thome to develop the iconic batting stance and swing that would come to embody his reputation around the league. So when Thome gave thanks to those that helped him during his statue unveiling ceremony on Saturday night, the big man couldn't help but get a little choked up when he reached Manuel's name on the speech card.
"Charlie Manuel, I kind of feel like you should be in bronze here with me," Thome said. "You did help teach me that stance, after all. But more importantly I think you taught me so much more about the game. That's how to conduct yourself, to be the tough player, even when you're a little hurt to run yourself out there, because you never know what could happen. And I so appreciate that."
Manuel stuck to lighter topics when he spoke in front of the many fans gathered at Progressive Field, mostly sharing anecdotes about the unproven 13th-round Draft pick whose monumental success even surprised his old hitting coach.
"I remember him walking up more than once, [Thome] would walk up and say, 'Chuck, how many home runs do you think I could hit?'" Manuel said. "And I'd look at him and go, "I don't know Jimmy, tell me how many you want to hit.' He said 'I don't know, you tell me.' I said, 'You could hit 500.' I remember telling him that."
"I didn't know he was going to hit 612. I never will take credit for any of them, but I will take credit for getting to watch a lot of them."
Quote to note
"It's my favorite thing to do defensively. It's fun to make a good catch, but if you really break it down, you're probably 150, 180 feet away and you're trying to throw the ball in a certain area and get it to them on one hop. That was fun because it was Adrian Beltre and I did play with him, so I could talk a little trash to him after that."
-- Right fielder David Murphy, on throwing Beltre out at home plate on Friday night
• Outfielder Michael Bourn, still rehabbing the strained hamstring that he aggravated in early July, progressed to running the bases on Saturday, though he did so at neighboring Quicken Loans Arena due to poor weather conditions. The Indians remain unsure when the speedy veteran could begin a rehab assignment.
"They had it set up for the Gladiators [arena football team]," Francona said. "Because of the weather here, he couldn't do it [at Progressive Field]. He ran the bases real well, he's going to run the bases again Monday and we'll kind of go from there."
• Designated hitter Jason Giambi announced that he will change his jersey from No. 25 to a different number on Saturday night. The decision was meant to honor former Tribe slugger Jim Thome, who officially retired as an Indian earlier that evening after signing a ceremonial one-day contract with the team.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.