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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.