Update, 6/17, 10:22 AM ET: The Indians placed Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow contusion on Sunday. There’s still no word on the severity of his injury or the estimated length of his recovery process.
Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco survived a scary moment on the mound during Saturday’s 9-1 loss to the Twins. In the second inning, Joe Mauer hit a line drive back up the middle, where it deflected off of Carrasco’s right arm and immediately caused the pitcher to crumple in pain. The official diagnosis appears to be a right forearm contusion, though Carrasco was sent to undergo precautionary X-rays shortly after leaving the game.
Prior to the incident, the righty had trouble getting into a groove against the Twins. He labored through a 37-pitch first inning, during which he issued four runs on four hits and a walk (Mauer was the first and only batter he pitched to in the second). It was an uncharacteristically rough outing for Carrasco; he’s 8-4 in 14 starts this season with a 3.90, 2.1 BB/9, 9.4 SO/9 and two complete games in 90 innings pitched.
An exact return date has yet to be specified, but so far it doesn’t look as though Carrasco’s injury is anything too severe. The Indians struggled to reverse the damage done in the first inning of Saturday’s loss — they put up three runs on homers from Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez in the first inning and a Tyler Naquin sac fly in the fourth, but ultimately fell short of catching the Twins’ six-run lead.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.