Josh Tomlin needs shoulder surgery, out 3-4 months

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Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin will undergo shoulder surgery next week and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months, the team announced.

Tomlin lost the fifth starter competition this spring and had been optioned to Triple-A, but because of the injury his assignment to the minors was rescinded and he’ll instead be placed on the Indians’ disabled list.

Tomlin has a 4.89 ERA in 448 career innings at age 30 and once healthy he figures to be behind Danny Salazar for a call-up to the Indians’ rotation (assuming Salazar isn’t already in the majors).