Jeanmar Gomez Wins Cleveland Indians’ Vacant Rotation Spot: A Fan’s Reaction

Youngster Jeanmar Gomez will round out the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation entering the 2012 baseball season, reported The Plain Dealer Tribe beat reporter Paul Hoynes on Saturday, March 31. Gomez edged out the more experienced Kevin Slowey, who received his demotion to the Tribe's Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers on March 31.

Personally, I see a parallel between Jeanmar Gomez and fellow Cleveland Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Both made their big league debuts in late 2010, putting up similar numbers. Gomez went 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA during his first major league stint, while Tomlin went 6-4 with a 4.56 ERA.

A strong 2011 spring training showing secured Tomlin a spot in the Tribe's rotation last season. In his first full albeit injury-shortened season, Tomlin went 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA. I think if Gomez can piece together a campaign familiar to the one his counterpart posted in 2011 the Tribe should enjoy a solid back of the rotation.

Of course, we Clevelanders also must wonder exactly how much time Jeanmar Gomez will spend in the majors throughout 2012. The rotation vacancy he won opened up after Dominican Republic authorities busted pitcher Roberto Hernandez for falsely using the name Fausto Carmona. You might recall from my previous article, "Cleveland Indians Expecting Update on Roberto Hernandez Soon: A Fan's Reaction," Hernandez remains ready to come back to the United States. He is simply waiting on his paperwork gaining approval.

Now, admittedly, I'm getting ahead of myself. I wouldn't be doing my due diligence as a writer if I didn't mention the strained right hip Gomez suffered March 29 during a spring training game. The injury caused the starter to leave the game early, but Indians management downplays the wound. Given the team's schedule, Jeanmar Gomez will not need to make his first start of the 2012 season until Wednesday, April 11. This apparently provides Gomez enough time to overcome his minor woe.

Still, I can't help but feel a little anxiety about the situation. Especially when you consider Hoynes also noted starter Derek Lowe experienced some soreness recently. The Indians seem certain though Lowe will be ready to go for the regular season. Hopefully, the team's beliefs prove well-founded.

Zachary Fenell fell in love with the Cleveland Indians during the 1995 season when the Tribe powered their way to the organization's first World Series appearance since 1954. While the Indians lost some allure since the 1990s you will still find Zachary watching the games on TV, listening to them on the radio, or best yet taking in a game from the stands at Progressive Field.

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Updated Monday, Apr 2, 2012