Westbrook headed back to DL

Jake Westbrook will not make tomorrow night’s start, as scheduled. He will instead be placed on the disabled list for the second time this season — this time with right elbow inflammation. According to Jeff Sibel of the Indians’ media relations department, Westbrook felt soreness in his elbow after his first start back from the DL last Wednesday, he tried to play catch the last few days and the elbow hasn’t responded well.

The Indians will make a corresponding roster move to bring up somebody to make Tuesday night’s start. It definitely won’t be Jeremy Sowers, who just started last night for Triple-A Buffalo, so this one’s a total toss-up. Josh Tomlin is the Bisons’ currently scheduled starter for Tuesday. He was just recently promoted from Class A Kinston because of the rash of injuries in the Triple-A rotation. Frank Herrmann is next up in the Double-A Akron rotation. The Indians might have to go with a host of relievers tomorrow, given their options down on the farm.

Obviously, this development comes as a surprise, and it will be interesting to see who gets tomorrow’s call.

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I’m going to go with your idea of multiple relievers, starting with Scott Elarton, even though he pitched multiple innings the other night. He’s probably good for three still, with the rest of the ‘pen handling the last six.

The timing is unfortunate, but only for the one start. Sowers has been great in Buffalo, so at least we won’t lose quality, although we’re losing potential trade pieces left and right.

Wouldn’t Brian Slocum have actually been on turn at Buffalo? Using the game logs, he should be. Considering that he’s already on the 40-man and slated to start (and Buffalo has already changed their scheduled starter), I have to think that Slocum is the guy. Then, after the game, he’ll get sent down and a bat will be added to the bench until Jeremy Sowers can align himself in the rotation to take Westbrook’s spot.

Slocum is a possibility, but he got lit up for eight runs in five innings in his last start and was being moved to the Buffalo bullpen. Tomlin was taking his spot in the rotation.

It looks like you’re right — Slocum is getting the call.

We could have another slugfest tomorrow.

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