Josh Tomlin's eventual return to the mound at Progressive Field got a little closer on Sunday as the Cleveland Indians activated the right-hander from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Columbus prior to the rubber match between the Tribe and Minnesota Twins.
The move brings the Indians 40-man roster back to full at 40 players.
Tomlin has been on the mend after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012.
The righty is expected to contribute to the big league club in September when rosters expand as either a long-man out of the bullpen or as a spot starter in the rotation. For now, he will continue to build up his arm strength in Columbus.
The 28-year old pitched very well in 2011, posting an ERA of 4.25 with a record of 12-7 but struggled mightily in 2012 prior to his surgery.
Last season, Tomlin was 6-8 with an ERA of 6.36 as a starter and briefly as a reliever.