Indians starter Carlos Carrasco threw a bullpen session without issue on Saturday, so he’s expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start on Tuesday against the White Sox, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Carrasco went on the disabled list on August 25 (retroactive to the 22nd) with inflammation in his right shoulder. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.53 ERA with a 173/32 K/BB ratio in 158 innings this season, following up on a breakout in the latter half of last year.
Carrasco joined the Indians from the Phillies in the July 2009 trade involving Cliff Lee.
Indians starter Corey Kluber tweaked his hamstring during a side session and is expected to miss 10 days, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. He was supposed to start on Friday night against the Tigers, but he was scratched and Josh Tomlin will pitch in his place.
Per Bastian, Francona plans to use Cody Anderson on Sunday, Trevor Bauer on Monday, and Carlos Carrasco on Tuesday, barring any setbacks.
Kluber, 29, has had an up-and-down year. He leads the American League in losses with 13, but has a decent 3.41 ERA with a 219/38 K/BB ratio in 200 1/3 innings. It hasn’t been the follow-up to last year’s Cy Young Award-winning season that many were expecting, but Kluber’s loss total has more to do with a poor offense than anything else.
The Indians enter play Friday with a 64-68 record and remain in the periphery of the AL Wild Card race. They’re six games behind the Rangers for the second Wild Card slot.
As relayed by MLB.com associate reporter August Fagerstrom, the Indians have officially placed starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his right (throwing) shoulder.
An MRI taken Tuesday showed no major structural damage, but Carrasco was administered a cortisone injection and will be shut down for the next week or so. The hope is that he’ll be discomfort-free after that shutdown period and can return to the Cleveland starting rotation as soon as his 15 days are up.
Carrasco struck out 11 batters and surrendered just one earned run over 6 2/3 innings last Friday against night the New York Yankees. The 28-year-old right-hander, who’s under contract with the Tribe through 2018, boasts a 3.53 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 173/32 K/BB ratio in 158 total frames this season.