Carlos Carrasco to return to Indians’ rotation Tuesday

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Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco took a Melky Cabrera line drive off his left cheek last Tuesday and hasn’t pitched since. His normal turn would have been Sunday’s series finale against the Twins, but the Indians pushed that back to Monday. And now it’s being moved back again to Tuesday, according to MLB.com beat reporter Jordan Bastian

Carrasco was lucky to avoid a serious injury. These reschedulings seem to be completely precautionary.

The 28-year-old Venezuela broke out with a stellar 1.69 ERA and 117 strikeouts in his final 112 innings last season and he was rewarded with a three-year, $22 million contract extension just before Opening Day.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.