GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has finalized his starting rotation, and it doesn’t include Trevor Bauer.
Francona said Wednesday that Bauer, who won 11 games last season, will begin the 2016 season in a relief role. Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin have been named the team’s No. 4 and No. 5 starters.
Bauer had a solid training camp, but the Indians feel Anderson and Tomlin are better suited for starting roles. The 25-year-old Bauer went 11-12 in 30 starts last season but finished the year pitching out of the bullpen. He’s 17-22 in three seasons with Cleveland, which acquired him a three-team trade in 2012 from Arizona.
Anderson and Tomlin will follow Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in Cleveland’s rotation, one of the strongest in the major leagues.
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