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Carlos Carrasco | Starting Pitcher | #59

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco will pitch the second game of the regular season.
Francona also confirmed that Corey Kluber would pitch Opening Day and that Carrasco would be followed by Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Carrasco underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier this month after he experienced some swelling, but everything came back clean and he threw three scoreless frames in a Cactus League appearance last Friday. The righty has never thrown 200 innings in his career and that's why he doesn't qualify as a fantasy ace, but it doesn't appear the elbow is a concern at all as we approach Opening Day. Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

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Carlos Carrasco allowed one hit and walked a pair over three scoreless innings against the Cubs on Friday.

It was his first Cactus League appearance since he was shelled for eight runs over 1 2/3 innings against the White Sox back on March 13. He had some swelling in his elbow after that, but everything appears on track now. It’s unclear when he’ll make his first start during the regular season, but the Indians could delay his debut until they need a fifth starter on April 15. We should have a better idea about the schedule soon.
Mar 24 - 6:53 PM

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will pitch in a minor league game on Monday.

A previous report said that Carrasco would throw a bullpen session Sunday and return to Cactus League action Friday, but he actually already threw off a mound without issue on Saturday. Pitching in a minor league game would allow the Indians to backdate a potential disabled list stint should Carrasco suffer a setback. It looks like he'll be fine after last week's elbow scare, although it's possible the Indians could delay him until April 15 when they need a fifth starter.
Mar 19 - 3:22 PM

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is on track to start March 24.

Alarm bells were sounded last week when Carrasco had some swelling in his pitching elbow, but all signs have pointed to it not being a major deal. Barring a setback, Carrasco should be available around Opening Day or shortly after. The Indians could hold him back until they need a fifth starter on April 15 if they wanted to play it safe.
Mar 19 - 2:52 PM

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is optimistic Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will return to Cactus League action March 24 against the Cubs.

Carrasco underwent an MRI after being scratched from a start last week but all his tests came back clean. He played catch on Thursday and should be game-ready in about a week. Carrasco is scheduled to be away from the team for a few days next week while his wife gives birth to their third child. The Indians don't need a fifth starter until April 15, so Carrasco still has plenty of time to get healthy.
Mar 16 - 4:48 PM

Carlos Carrasco (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Thursday.

Carrasco was scratched from a scheduled Cactus League start this week due to swelling in his right elbow, but the hope is he can stay on track with a weekend appearance in a minor league game. Or the Indians could have him work a simulated start for a more controlled environment. There should be a clearer picture on his status for the beginning of the 2017 regular season by early next week.
Mar 16 - 12:34 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Carlos Carrasco (elbow) was feeling much better on Wednesday morning.

Carrasco has been scratched from his next scheduled start due to some swelling in his elbow, but the good news is that an MRI came back clean. The Indians are still working through his throwing schedule. It's worth noting that the club won't need a fifth starter for the first time until April 15, so the Indians could take their time with him.
Mar 15 - 1:11 PM

Carlos Carrasco will miss his next Cactus League start due to some swelling in his right elbow.

Carrasco was knocked around for eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings in a start on Monday, which prompted an MRI that came back clean. "Everything is OK," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He's got a little swelling in there (right elbow), but nothing structurally is (wrong) or anything like that. There's a pretty good chance we're going to bump him back a start. We're just trying to work through some stuff. His wife (Karelis) is expecting in about a week to 10 days. We're trying to figure out between bumping him back and him leaving to be with his wife -- we're still working our way through that." It doesn't sound at this point like Carrasco's availability for Opening Day might be in doubt, but obviously this needs to be eyed closely.
Mar 14 - 7:29 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Carlos Carrasco is being checked out Tuesday to make sure everything is okay.

This comes one day after Carrasco was knocked around for eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings. He gave up three homers in the disastrous outing and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said his fastball was "really flat." It's not clear if there's any real area of concern here, but the Indians want to get him checked out just in case. Hopefully it's nothing.
Mar 14 - 1:37 PM

Carlos Carrasco was rocked for eight runs over 1 2/3 innings in Monday’s Cactus League start against the White Sox.

Woof. Carrasco’s second inning was the thing of nightmares. He gave up seven hits in the frame, including three homers. The biggest blow was a Tyler Saladino grand slam, which ended his afternoon. Fortunately for him (and fantasy owners), this outing doesn’t count. On the bright side, Carrasco threw more pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game and was mostly leaning on his fastball for this one. In other words, there doesn't appear to be reason for concern here.
Mar 13 - 8:08 PM

Carlos Carrasco did not allow a run over three innings in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Mariners.

Carrasco was lit up by the Rockies for four runs in just 1 1/3 frames during his last spring start. Much more desirable results next time through the rotation. He struck out two, walked one and did not surrender a hit in his Wednesday night work. This past season, he posted a 3.32 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 150/34 K/BB ratio across 146 1/3 innings (25 starts). If he can stay healthy, he offers fantasy upside galore.
Mar 9 - 12:34 AM

Carlos Carrasco was knocked around for four runs over 1 1/3 innings by the Rockies on Friday.

He gave up six hits, including a homer. Still, there’s nothing to worry about here. The most important thing is that Carrasco is fully recovered from the broken hand which prevented him from pitching during the Indians’ World Series run. If healthy, he’s capable of being a top-20 starting pitcher in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 3 - 6:50 PM

Carlos Carrasco gave up two runs on three hits in his two-inning start versus the Rangers on Monday.

The big blow was a two-run jack by young outfielder Nomar Mazara. Carrasco managed a couple of punchouts in the outing. The Indians are just happy to see their stud right-hander back on the mound after he missed their World Series run with a broken hand. He went 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts last year.
Feb 27 - 9:21 PM

Carlos Carrasco (hand) has been throwing for two weeks.

"I'm 100 percent right now," Carrasco told's Jordan Bastian on Monday morning. The stud right-hander fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his pitching hand in mid-September and wasn't around for the Indians' run to the World Series, but it's the type of injury that most players fully bounce back from. He should be a massively valuable fantasy commodity again in 2017.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:38:00 AM

Indians activated RHP Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Carrasco's season ended prematurely due to a fractured fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand, but he's slated to begin a throwing program next month.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 04:13:00 PM

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