Tony Lastoria broke the story last night:
Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco was struck on his right elbow by a line drive off the bat of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Corban Joseph and was removed from the game in the fifth inning of action on Thursday night.
Media personnel at the game said that Carrasco was in considerable pain and that the incident was very scary. He has been taken to an area hospital for further evaluation, likely to get x-rays on his arm/elbow.
Here's hoping that it's just a contusion, because if anything's broken/dislocated he's done for the year. And his suspension notwithstanding, that would be a considerable blow to an organization without much high-upside starting depth to begin with.The Indians will probably send out a release on his status later today.
For those who are unaware, here's a brief timeline of Carrasco's last couple of years:
- Carrasco had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow at the end of the 2011 season, missing the entire 2012 season.
- He started this season on the 25-man roster but had to sit out some games because of a suspension incurred before the surgery.
- He made one start with the Indians, had a bad outing, and on top of that got another suspension (8 games) from MLB for hitting Kevin Youkilis after giving up a home run.
- The Indians optioned him to Columbus so that he could work on some things, and he had been pitching very well there.
I'm trying to be optimistic, but by the description of the injury, it doesn't appear minor.
UPDATE (12:11 PM) Very good news: no broken bones or dislocations.
Carlos Carrasco is day-to-day with a deep contusion of the right elbow/forearm after being struck by a batted ball last night in Scranton,PA— Cleveland Indians(@tribeinsider) April 26, 2013
In somewhat related news, the Indians have promoted PTM TJ House from Akron to Columbus:
LHP TJ House promoted to AAA Columbus (from Akron, 3-1, 3.22ERA, 4GS).Carlos Carrasco being examined this morning, info as we get it.— Cleveland Indians(@tribeinsider) April 26, 2013
House has been pitching very well in Akron; he has a 9.0 SO/BB ratio in 22.1 innings.