Diamondbacks’ catcher Josh Thole is likely lost for the season, according to comments made by manager Torey Lovullo on Saturday. Per Nick Piecoro of AZ Central Sports, Thole suffered a significant hamstring tear and could undergo surgery, though he’s said to be seeking a second opinion soon.
Thole sustained the injury while running the bases during a game against the Cubs last Wednesday. He felt his hamstring pop as he dodged a line drive and had to be helped off the field when he came out of the game.
The veteran backstop signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks in January and was expected to serve as catching depth behind Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann. He batted .169/.254/.220 with one home run and a .474 OPS for the Blue Jays during the 2016 season.
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.