Carrasco imaging comes back negative, quick return expected

Righty suffered elbow contusion on Saturday

Alex Hooper
June 18, 2018 - 5:12 pm
Jun 16, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) is led off the field after being injured during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Exhale, Indians fans, everything is still alright.

All imaging on Carlos Carrasco’s right elbow contusion came back negative, Manager Terry Francona said Monday, meaning the injury is just that. No break, only a bruise.

Carrasco will continue to be treated for swelling and range of motion over the next three days before being re-evaluated on Wednesday.

“So we dodged a huge bullet,” Francona said. “The hope would be, once he gets the swelling out of there, that he’ll come quick because it’s a bruise and it could have been a lot worse.”

With the righty able to come off of the disabled list on June 27, the Indians will use off days on the 21st and 28th to stretch out their rotation. Righty Adam Plutko, used following the injury to Carrasco, will go into the bullpen until the 26th in St. Louis. Corey Kluber will pitch Wednesday against the White Sox, with Shane Bieber going Friday against the Tigers.

Francona said that he does not expect Carrasco to be ‘jumpy’ after the incident, the fourth time he has been hit by a line drive in a Major League game.

“He’s been hit before so I think he’s champing at the bit to get this out of there and start pitching again,” the Manager said.

The 31-year-old Carrasco is carrying a 4.24 ERA and 3.41 FIP through 15 starts that have spanned 91 1/3 innings in 2018.