Carlos Carrasco was bumped to the Indians’ bullpen earlier this season, but Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he’s getting another shot in the starting rotation this Sunday against the Yankees.
Carrasco, 27, struggled to the tune of a 6.95 ERA over four starts before being yanked from the rotation in late April. He has found a home in the bullpen since, posting a 2.30 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 innings, but the Indians have an opening for a starter with Justin Masterson in St. Louis, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister in the minors, and Josh Tomlin in the bullpen.
Carrasco has an ugly 5.66 ERA over his first 44 starts in the majors, so perhaps the bullpen is where he belongs, but it’s easy to understand why the Indians haven’t abandoned the idea of using him as a starter. The 27-year-old right-hander certainly has the arsenal, with a mid-90s fastball to go along with a curveball, slider, and changeup.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.