The Indians are faced with a potential hole in their starting rotation in the wake of Fausto Carmona's arrest for identity theft on Jan. 19 in the Dominican Republic.
Carmona's arrest made his availability for the start of spring training, and perhaps for the start of the regular season, very questionable.
Before Carmona's arrest, the Indians appeared to be in a position to go to spring training with their starting rotation already set. The most likely configuration appeared to be, in order: Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Tomlin, Carmona and Derek Lowe.
However, Carmona's potential absence means the Indians' starting pitching depth could be tested before the season even begins. Fortunately for the Indians, they do have some starting pitching depth.
Right-handers Jeanmar Gomez and Zach McAllister both made some starts at the major league level last season. So did left-hander David Huff. Gomez, McAllister and Huff all had very good seasons at Class AAA Columbus last year. ...