Carrasco injury: Indians pitcher exits Sunday’s game with apparent left leg injury – Details

Updated: April 25, 2016
Carrasco injury: Indians pitcher exits Sunday's game with apparent left leg injury

Carlos Carrasco exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tigers during the bottom of the third inning with what looked like an injury to his left knee, following an awkward attempt to cover first base.

Following Cleveland’s 6-3 win over the Tigers on Sunday in which Carrasco (2-0, 2.45) left with a left hamstring injury, Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed that the right-hander will be out for at least some period of time.

“He’s going to be a DL,” Francona said. “The hope is that it’s not terrible.”
Carrasco traveled back to Cleveland following Sunday’s game and will receive an MRI once he arrives.

The results of that MRI will likely be available sometime on Monday, when the Indians are in Minnesota.

Though the prognosis isn’t great, Francona wants to hold off on any judgements until the results are received.

“I think when you see a guy go down like that, it’s not just something that grabbed at him,” Francona said. “We’ll just wait for the MRI.”

Carrasco was covering first base on a slow-roller from Andrew Romine to first baseman Carlos Santana in the third inning, when he stepped on first base and immediately fell to the clay in apparent pain.

The right-hander tried to get to his feet hobble around, but grabbed the back of his left leg before sitting back down.

After being evaluated by trainers and surrounded by teammates, Carrasco made his way to the Cleveland clubhouse with the help of pitching coach Mickey Callaway and a trainer, putting no weight on his left leg.

Leaving with two outs in the third, Carrasco finished the day having thrown 2.2 innings of one-hit baseball, including 17 strikes in 21 total pitches.

He was replaced by Indians RHP Trevor Bauer, who pitched 3.1 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits.

In his last outing for the Indians on Wednesday, Carrasco tweaked his right ankle on a similar play at first base, but remained in the game.

Coming into Sunday’s start, Carrasco had posted a 2-0 record with a 2.79 ERA in three starts for the Indians.