Carlos Carrasco to throw bullpen sessions this week

The Indians aren't placing any expectations on the right-hander

James Rapien
August 05, 2019 - 4:53 pm
May 20, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – Carlos Carrasco will throw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Saturday this week.

Carrasco, 32, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia earlier this season. He was placed on the injured list on June 5.

“He’s been on a routine as much as he can, but just the fact that he can get off the mound, I think gives him a little boost, also,” manager Terry Francona said.

Carrasco began strength training and conditioning on July 7. He’s thrown on the side routinely, but this is a nice step forward. 

The Indians are going to see how he does in the sessions, hoping they can get him back on the mound and in a regular throwing program off the mound. 

It’s good news for the right-hander, but the Indians don’t want to place expectations on him.

“We gotta stay consistent with what we’ve said all along,” Francona said. “We all hope he can come back and pitch for us, that’s kinda stating the obvious. I think saying anything else, other than we really are trying to support him, isn’t fair to him.”

Adding a healthy Carrasco would give the Indians’ pitching staff a boost, even if he isn’t in the rotation. He’s consistently working out and throwing, in hopes of returning this season.

“I’ve been working like normal,” Carrasco said in July. “I never put anything bad on my mind. Everything is good, so I don’t feel different. I just push myself to work more and get stronger.”