Carlos Carrasco leaves game on cart after taking Melky Cabrera liner to side of face

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Frightening scene at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco had to leave on a cart Tuesday evening after getting struck in the left side of his face by a Melky Cabrera line drive. The ball first glanced off Carrasco’s right wrist and then ricocheted, but that didn’t do much to soften the blow. He was face-down in front of the mound for about a minute before trainers slowly helped him to his feet. Carrasco was able to walk to the cart under his own power, so we’ll take that as a positive sign.

Carrasco was a breakout star for the Indians in 2014, posting a spectacular 1.69 ERA and 117 strikeouts across his final 112 innings.

The 28-year-old right-hander fanned 10 over 6 1/3 scoreless frames in his 2015 debut last week in Houston.

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UPDATE, 9:36 p.m. ET: Great news here from CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.

After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.

Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.

The full statement:

Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.

We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.

We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.

Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.