Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that pitcher Carlos Carrasco will be activated from the 60-day injured list for Sunday’s series finale against the Rays. Carrasco will throw one more bullpen in the lead-up to Sunday.
Carrasco, 32, was diagnosed with leukemia in early July and has spent the last seven-plus weeks undergoing treatment and recovering. Francona said Carrasco will be pitching out of the bullpen.
Prior to his diagnosis, Carrasco had a 4.98 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 11 walks in 65 innings across 12 starts for the Indians. He has made three minor league rehab appearances thus far, allowing a run on two hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.