Whitehouse native Josh Tomlin and Indians agree to 2-year contract

In this Sept. 26, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, Mo. The Indians hit a grand slam of sorts, coming to contract terms on their four remaining arbitration eligible players. The team reached agreement before Friday's, Jan. 15, 2016, deadline with Cody Allen on a $4.15 million contract for 2016. They also finalized deals with right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall ($2.725 million), starter Josh Tomlin ($2.25 million) and reliever Jeff Manship ($760,000). (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) - Right-hander Josh Tomlin and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2017.

Tomlin returned from shoulder surgery last year to go 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts. His agreement supersedes a $2.25 million, one-year deal that was reached Jan. 15.

Tomlin had shoulder surgery last March and began the season on the disabled list. He was activated in July, made one minor league start and then joined the Indians, solidifying the backend of one of the AL's strongest rotations. He went 3-1 in five starts in September, pitching two complete games.

He is 36-30 since making his first start for Cleveland in 2010. The 31-year-old currently is the longest-tenured player in Cleveland's organization.


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