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Alex White performed well in his debut (6 IP, 2 ER, 4 K’s). With Mitch Talbot and Carlos Carrasco down with injury, and Jeanmar Gomez being called up as well, how do you see the rotation shaking up when, particularly Carrasco, returns from injury? What do you think Gomez and White’s statuses will be?
Alex Painter: It has been established that Carrasco's injury is not as severe as Talbot's. It is pretty clear that White is more in the club's future plans than Gomez. Therefore, it would not surprise me if Gomez retains the spot over White so he can save a year of service time leading to arbitration. I will say though if the Indians keep up their torrid pace, and if White gives them a better chance to win every five days, the job is his if they stay contending.
Dillon Painter: Although Alex White performed extremely well in his debut, I do believe that when Carrasco is healthy and returns he will regain his spot (4 or 5) in the rotation. I also think this is really dependent on how White will continue to perform and how Carrasco continues to progress in his rehab. Gomez as done an admirable job at 4th in the rotation, but once again I think that when Talbot becomes healthy, he should be able to supplant Gomez in the rotation. As I see it, current rotation (although you could make the argument of Masterson being the "ace") of Carmona, Masterson, Tomlin, Gomez, and White will continue, until Carrasco and Talbot become healthy again.
Geoff Estes: I was very impressed with White on Saturday. The way he looked shaky early and then bounced back to put together six solid innings showed a lot of character. Jeanmar Gomez hasn’t looked too good since being called up, but it is still a small sample size, and I was actually more impressed with him at the end of 2010 than Josh Tomlin, who has been awesome.
Once Talbot and Carrasco come back, I think (assuming everybody is healthy), that Fausto and Masterson will still be one and two, with Carrasco or Tomlin as the number three, and then Talbot rounding out the rotation. White should get at least one more start before that happens, so if he looks great, he may get a chance to be in the rotation, but I think Talbot regains his spot until he either is injured again or loses it based on performance.