Rather than waiting around to see if Carlos Carrasco gets suspended again for plunking Kevin Youkilis last night the Indians have decided to demote the right-hander to Triple-A.
That means Carrasco’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery–which was delayed six games by a suspension left over from 2011–lasted all of one start and 3.2 bad innings. He’ll no doubt be back in Cleveland at some point this season, but may have to sit out some more games depending on whether MLB buys his apology/insistence that it was accidental.
Carrasco got knocked around by the Yankees, but his average fastball clocked in at 94 miles per hour and that’s actually better than his pre-surgery velocity of 92 mph.
Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus while playing for Triple-A Columbus the other night. The injury will require season-ending surgery.
Given that Napoli will turn 37 this year, given that he will need 10-14 months of rehab and given that, as it was, he was unable to find a major league gig, it’s almost certain that this injury will end Napoli’s career.
Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring. He hit .193/.285/.428 for the Rangers in 2017. If this is it for Napoli, he’ll end his career with a line of .246/.346/.475 with 267 homers and 744 driven in. He appeared in the World Series with the 2011 Rangers, the 2013 Red Sox and the 2016 Indians, winning a ring with Boston.