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Spring Training Notes 3/16: Carlos Carrasco is back and throwing

A timetable for return has been scripted for Carlos Carrasco after his right elbow swelled up on Tuesday. The IBI's John Alfes details the latest news and notes from spring training...

With Terry Francona and a large portion of the Cleveland Indians departing for the H-E-B Big League Weekend at the Alamodome, there was little news from the fields of Goodyear, AZ on Thursday.

While Danny Salazar and Mike Clevinger are slated to start the two-game exhibition series, the Tribe decided to hold back Carlos Carrasco to tend to his newly designed throwing procedure.

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- Over the next four days, Carrasco will play long toss (Friday), throw a bullpen (Saturday) and pitch in a simulated game or minor league contest (Monday), according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

"The MRI came out looking great," said pitching coach Mickey Callaway to reporters. "He said [his arm] felt totally fine on his fastballs and his velo kind of showed that."

The 29-year-old hurler has a 15.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP and .425 opposing batting average after struggling to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate in his four Cactus League starts.

If Carrasco is unable to start the year on the opening day roster, the Indians would not necessarily need to call-up a fifth starter from Triple-A Columbus because of their off days on April 6 and 10.

- Originally scheduled for Friday, Michael Brantley will reportedly play in another minor league game on Saturday. Brantley went 1-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in on Wednesday with no setbacks or soreness to report.

"He sent back two thumbs (up)," bench coach Brad Mills said. "That's all I needed to see."

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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