TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
It's been anything but smooth sailing for Major League Baseball pitcher Josh Tomlin. The four year pro had Tommy John Surgery in August of 2012 which caused Tomlin to miss the 2013 season. "Anytime you get cut on and there are ligaments you always have that doubt that there is a chance something could go wrong," Tomlin said.
The surgery was successful, but getting back to 100 percent was rough for the Whitehouse native. "It's been a long road," tomlin said. "I dont think people understand the rehab part of it and how much you actually throw and how its the same thing day in and day out."
If one set back wasn't enough, Josh didn't start this season on the Cleveland Indians roster. He had to prove himself in the minors. "I was more determined to pitch well down there and not get upset and bitter," Tomlin said. "I just wanted to take care of business and get back up to the big leagues and help the Indians win.
Tomlin's done just that by compiling five victories up to this point while becoming a key part if Cleveland's rotation. The highlight of the season came against Seattle in a one hit, 11 strikeout, complete game shut-out victory. "I've never felt that locked in before to where I felt like whatever I threw up there or wherever I wanted to throw the ball it was going to go there," Tomlin said. "That was a pretty special night and those dont come very often."
The former Red Raider will hope for many more dominant outings.