Fausto Carmona Sent To Indians Rookie League: A Season in Shambles

Patrick MaceContributor IJune 7, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Fausto Carmona was sent to the Indians Rookie League team in Arizona on Saturday. That's right, Rookie League.

The Cleveland Indians' starting pitcher has been struggling since his 17 win 2007 season. Last year, Carmona was 8-7 with a 5.44 ERA. This year, he has been just as bad, leading the American League in walks, with a 2-6 record, and an ERA over seven.

Fausto was moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation in 2006, where he had one good year in the Tribe's "miracle" season.

The organization looks to get him some basic work to regain composure and confidence in the "starter" league.

Look for him to be back sometime right before, or after, the All-Star break.