5 internal options the Cleveland Guardians can turn to following Shane Bieber's season-ending injury

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The Cleveland Guardians were the recipients of some devastating news on Saturday, as it was announced that Ace and 2020 Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber will miss the rest of the season due to injury. Bieber will be undergoing Tommy John surgery, leaving a vacancy in the Guardians rotation for the remainder of the season. 

Cleveland will no doubt explore multiple options to fill the void left by Bieber, both being of the external and internal variety. Should they prefer to exhaust internal options first, the following are some names that could be the answer the Guardians are looking for.

1. Gavin Williams

The inclusion of Gavin Williams in this list is a bit of technicality, considering that he was always going to be a part of the Guardians starting rotation this year. Williams is currently working his way back from an injury sustained during Spring Training and will be taking his place in Cleveland's rotation once he is ready. So, while it is not really someone that nobody expected to be in the mix, Williams' return could help make up for the loss of Bieber for nearly all of the 2024 season.

Williams appeared in 16 games for the Guardians last year, finishing with a 3.29 ERA, 1.256 WHIP, and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 2023.