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The Texas Tech alum will start on the bump for Atlanta tonight against the Nationals. Atlanta won the series opener last night on a walk-off two-run homerun off the bat of Dansby Swanson.
Tonight is Tomlin’s first start since his time with the Cleveland Indians. He was called up to Cleveland in 2010 for his debut against the New York Yankees. He outpitched CC Sabathia that day on the way to a 4-1 win. He remained a starter for the Tribe until 2012, when he landed on the DL for wrist soreness & later in the year underwent Tommy John surgery. He made his post-surgery return in September of 2013 when he pitched two scoreless innings against the White Sox.
In 2014, he was called up from AAA Columbus to replace Carlos Carrasco in the starting rotation. In June of 2014 he pitched a complete game, 1-hit shutout versus the Mariners. He made 16 starts in 2014.
In April of 2015, Tomlin had shoulder surgery. Only starting 10 games in ‘15.
The following January, Tomlin agreed to a one-year deal with Cleveland for $2.5 million. Further negotiations added another year for the same yearly salary & also a team option for 2018. In Cleveland’s World Series run, Tomlin started 4 games with a 2-1 record and a 4.58 ERA.
Josh won 10 games the following season. In 2018, Tomlin was moved to the bullpen after a shaky first six starts. And in October of 2018, Tomlin elected to enter free agency.