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Clevinger gets a shot as fifth arm in Cleveland rotation


Cleveland is looking for a consistent fifth starter in case of postseason baseball.

Mike Clevinger will take to the bump on Saturday again against Minnesota in place of the struggling Josh Tomlin.

Indians manager Terry Francona explained to reporters that it will not likely be a full start and Tomlin will be on hand to relieve Clevinger.

The idea behind the move is to give the long-reliever some extra innings on the hill Francona explained.

In addition to giving Clevinger some extended work on the mound, the decision to start the righty was likely made to see how he fares starting a game.

Tomlin’s second half performance this season has been underwhelming to say the least. He entered the all-star break with a 3.34 ERA that has now jumped to a whopping 4.85 over the course of nine starts.

It was clear after his last disastrous start against the Twins Francona and staff had given Tomlin his last chance to get it right.

He was pulled after just 1 and 2/3 innings.

The Indians have been searching for the answer in the fifth spot ever since. Whether Clevinger can step up to fill that role remains to be seen, but one thing is certain. Should the Cleveland be playing playoff baseball, the team will need much more than a question mark at the back-end of its starting rotation.

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