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Carlos Carrasco ‘stepping away from baseball activities’ due to blood condition

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The Cleveland Indians just announced that starter Carlos Carrasco is “stepping away from baseball activities” and has been placed on the injured list due to “a recently diagnosed blood condition.”

The club did not say what the blood condition is, but noted that it has caused Carrasco to feel lethargic for several weeks. They refer to Carrasco as being in the “information-gathering stage” and that his treatment plan will be revealed at Carrasco’s and his family’s discretion. They do expect Carrasco to be back with the team some time this season, but there is currently no timeline. They have asked everyone to “keep Carlos and his family in their thoughts in this challenging time.”

That’s both vague and ominous sounding but here’s hoping for the best.

Carrasco is 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 79/11 in 65 innings across 12 starts. The Indians have recalled Jon Edwards and Nick Goody from Columbus to help fill in the gaps during Carrasco’s absence.

 

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.