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.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m. ET: Great news here from CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes …
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.