Trevor Plouffe saw his season come to an end yesterday due to a fractured left forearm, but Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he could avoid surgery.
Plouffe suffered the injury when the Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock slid into his arm while stealing third base. He already saw one specialist today, who said that surgery wasn’t necessary and that he only needs to wear a cast for 6-8 weeks. However, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he’ll get a second opinion before a final decision is made. Either way, the expectation is that he’ll be ready by spring training.
Plouffe had a solid season this year, batting .258/.328/.423 with 14 home runs and 80 RBI over 136 games while providing a quality glove at third base. He’ll continue to hold down third base until top prospect Miguel Sano is healthy and ready for the big leagues.
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.