CLEVELAND – It was not a fractured finger on a hard-hit line drive up the middle, but Indians fans found themselves holding their breath and crossing their fingers once again in hopes that Carlos Carrasco was okay after another early departure.
On this occasion, they took a collective exhale of relief.
Manager Terry Francona announced that Carrasco will be pushed back two days and start next Tuesday rather than Sunday. Listed below is the skipper’s plan…
Tuesday, May 16: RHP Danny Salazar (2-3, 5.20) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, May 17: RHP Josh Tomlin (2-4, 5.87) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Thursday, May 18: Off day
Friday, May 19: RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4, 6.92) at Houston Astros
Saturday, May 20: RHP Mike Clevinger (1-1, 2.70) at Houston Astros
Sunday, May 21: RHP Danny Salazar (2-3, 5.20) at Houston Astros
Monday, May 22: RHP Josh Tomlin (2-4, 5.87) at Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday, May 23: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 2.60) at Cincinnati Reds
This realignment allows Carrasco to have seven days of rest to heal the left pectoral tightness he experienced in the third inning on Monday. The right-hander claimed he was having soreness before he felt the pain on a particular pitch in the fourth frame.
“It was one pitch,” said Carrasco after Monday’s contest. “Every time when I threw one pitch, I would feel it a little more. I think Tito made the right decision to take me out before [it got] worse.”
Carrasco’s removal from the game appears to be a precautionary measure as Francona seems optimistic his top hurler can return sooner rather than later.
“The idea is to give him two days of just letting him be in the training room,” Francona said on Tuesday. “He’ll start his five-day cycle up to pitching which puts him the second day in Cincinnati. So we’re backing him up two days.”
With Corey Kluber on the shelf, the club can ill-afford another hit to a rotation that has rarely been at full health over the last eight months.
“I think Carlos feels like he’ll be more than ready,” said Francona. “The trainers are fine with that. This day off Thursday helps.”