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.
Indians ace and reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Tigers with a hamstring injury.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kluber suffered the injury while running in the outfield between starts and “will miss at least a week and it’s not known if he’ll pitch again this year.”
Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar have each been moved up one day in the rotation and for now the Indians haven’t named a starter for Sunday.
Kluber’s win-loss record is ugly thanks to awful run support, but he has a 3.41 ERA in a league-high 200 innings with a fantastic 219/38 K/BB ratio.