D'Backs waiting on word from Kelly Johnson

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The Diamondbacks handed a one-year contract offer to free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson last week thought to be worth around $2 million.  According to a Monday evening report from MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, they’re hoping to hear back from the infielder within the next few days.

Johnson drew a surprising amount of interest this winter despite posting a disappointing .224/.303/.389 batting line during the regular season.  The Cardinals, Nationals, and Astros were all in the mix for the second
baseman and the Pirates were even considering using him in the outfield.

The D’Backs, though, can offer Johnson what most other clubs haven’t been willing to — a full-time job at second base.  Acquiring the 27-year-old would also allow Arizona management to get serious about dealing infielder Augie Ojeda, who surfaced as a possible trade candidate during December’s Winter Meetings and drew a decent level of interest from opposing clubs.

Carlos Carrasco pitched in game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.