Josh Tomlin could begin rehab assignment as early as this week

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DETROIT-- Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin could begin a rehab assignment as early as this week.

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Tomlin is expected to throw a simulation game on Tuesday in Minnesota. After that, there's a possibility he could begin a rehab assignment on Friday. Considering rehab stints last 30 days, he would likely not be activated until after roster expansion takes place on Sept. 1.

Tomlin landed on the DL on July 10 with a strained right hamstring. He has struggled throughout the 2018 season, posting a 6.98 ERA in 23 appearances, six of which were starts. Through 49 innings, he has surrendered a whopping 21 home runs. While he was initially the team's No. 5 starter, the Indians opted to move him to the bullpen in early May.

For 11 games, the experiment seemed to be paying off-- he had a 1.98 ERA. But over his most recent five relief appearances, the longest-tenured Indian gave up eight runs on eight hits, three of which were home runs.