The surprising Indians are just about to get a nice boost for their starting rotation.
Carlos Carrasco is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday’s game against the Rays, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Indians manager Manny Acta said Carrasco is “good to go” and has “no restrictions” following his recent stint on the disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. The 24-year-old right-hander was allowed three runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings Friday during a rehab start with Double-A Akron, but the Indians are clearly more focused on his health than the results.
Carrasco, who was acquired from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee deal back in 2009, has a 4.97 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio over his first five starts this season.
While some believe they are doing it with mirrors, the Indians haven’t missed Carrasco very much. Entering play Tuesday, their starters currently rank third in the American League with a 3.29 ERA.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.